Family of mum torched by monster neighbour blasts his girlfriend for standing by him after he's jailed for 19 years

Depraved James Bowen, 24, blew a kiss to partner Lauren Russell as he was jailed for 19 years over the attempted murder of Kirsten Ashby.

Kirsten, 27, was left with layers of her skin on her face melted away, as well as her shoulder-length dark hair burned to a cinder in the sickening attack.

The Good Samaritan had went to the aid of Russell who was suffering a fit but Bowen flew into a drug-fuelled rage when she suggested calling an ambulance.

Tonight, Kirsten's mum slammed Russell, 22, for standing by the sick dad-of-five as her daughter lies in hospital.

Lynn Ashby, 51, told Mail Online: "I think it's sick that she's standing by him."

She added: "Now my daughter is the one left serving a life sentence.

"She's in isolation in hospital and she thinks she might never even be able to hold her own daughter's hand again after her hands were so badly damaged."

Kirsten was read her last rites in hospital as doctors did not expect her to make it through the night.

She lost her ears and her fingertips had to be amputated. Her body is so weak that she is having to learn to walk again.

The court heard how Bowen threw petrol over Karen and stood smoking a cigarette while he set it alight.

Kirsten, who remains in hospital since the November attack, told how he "looked smug" as she was set ablaze in Milton Keynes, Bucks.

Lynn had told Luton Crown Court: "She went there to help, yet what this man did ruined her life and changed our family’s life forever.

“My lovely daughter was unrecognisable. She had no face – it was all burned away.

“At first the doctors said she might not pull through. They prepared us for the worst and they put her in a coma for four weeks so her body could cope with the shock and the pain.

"Even while Kirsten was in the coma, doctors began the process of repairing the horrific damage.

“After the attack my daughter was unrecognisable. Her face was burned away. Her ears were gone."

Kirsten has undergone 80 operations as she begins her long road to recovery.

Her parents Lynn and Paul are now raising her nine-year-old daughter Maddison.

Lynn added: "She’s been really brave and says her mummy is her superhero. But it’s had an effect.

Bowen admitted a single charge of attempted murder.

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