Woman burned to death by ex gave evidence in trial before dying from her injuries
A family have released shocking images that show the extent of their daughters injuries, after she was doused in petrol and set on fire by her ex-boyfriend.
Judy Malinowski, then 31, bravely fought for her life for 700 days before dying as a result of her wounds.
Mum, Bonnie Bowes, 56, of Columbus, Ohio, USA, watched as her daughter suffered for almost two years after being attacked by Michael Slager in August 2015.
Judy suffered with third degree burns across 70% of her body, but managed to survive long enough to give a video statement, declaring that Slager was the one responsible.
The footage was used in evidence against Slager in July 2018 and he was jailed for life without parole after pleading guilty to murder.
Now Bonnie, a project manager, is paying tribute to her brave daughter.
She says: Even after going through unimaginable suffering, Judy never wanted Michael to get the death penalty.
I just hope her story is a warning to women who are in abusive relationships.
In April 2006, Judy, who worked in customer service, was told her ovarian cancer had returned after beating the disease 15 months earlier.
Soon after, she underwent a full hysterectomy and became hooked on her pain medication.
With the help of a private rehabilitation centre, she overcame her addiction and later went into remission.
Bonnie says: Wed always been close and spoke every day. I was so glad shed recovered from her addiction and was getting her life back together.
Nine years later in May 2015, she told me shed been dating a man named Mike.
I was pleased that she was happy but I had a bad feeling about him.
As time passed, Judy revealed to her mum that Mike was controlling and even put a tracking device on her phone.
Bonnie remembers: Police said they couldnt do anything as there was no evidence. Judy tried to end the relationship but Mike wouldnt let her go.
Two weeks later in August 2015, Judy called Bonnie saying that Mike was refusing to leave her house.
Bonnie says: I rushed to her house where I met Mike for the first time. He seemed really arrogant. I told him to leave or Id call the police. But he sauntered around like he owned the place.
Eventually police officers arrived and removed him.
Judy told me that Mike had been giving her painkillers even though he knew about her previous troubles.
So she decided to return to rehab a week later. She didnt want Mike to control her anymore.
The day Judy left for rehab, Bonnie received a phone call from Ohio State University Hospital, saying that Judy had been in an accident and was on life support.
She says: Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw when I got to the hospital.
My beautiful daughter was unrecognisable and in an induced coma. Her thick, blonde hair was gone and shed lost her eyelashes and eyebrows too.
A doctor revealed that she had third and fourth degree burns over 70% of her body. They expected her to die within hours.
I was devastated.