Teen dies at hospital 5 months after being set on fire

Teen dies at hospital 5 months after being set on fire

Nineteen year-old Ellena Dial succumbed to her injuries and died at the hospital, five months after she was doused with a flammable substance and set on fire.

On January 28, Dial, who lived at Riceland Trace, Carnbee, was at her work establishment when a man she knew threw the flammable substance on her body and set her on fire.

Dial, a Kitchen Assistant, ran to a nearby restaurant in the Kilgwyn Bay area to seek help.

She was taken to the Scarborough General Hospital for treatment, then transferred to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex for further treatment.

She sustained third degree burns to 90% of her body.

She died at the hospital on Wednesday night.

A 20-year old labourer was held and charged with attempted murder.

The accused, Antonio Marcelle, of Les Coteaux is out on $400,000 bail.

Attempted murder accused: Antonio Marcelle

Investigators are seeking to have the charge upgraded now that Dial has died, and have forwarded a report to the Director of Public Prosecutions for instruction on how to proceed.

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