Ex Dies After Ramming Car Into Garage And Torching Home
The man who rammed his car into the home of his ex before setting it on fire has died overnight.
Neil De Graaf poured canisters of accelerant throughout the property of his former love interest while she hid inside with her family.
After torching the two-storey home, the 37-year-old then set himself on fire before collapsing on the front lawn.
His ex, 23-year-old April Lang, hid inside an upstairs bathroom with her mother, brother and his girlfriend.
They were forced to escape the flames and managed to get outside the burning Brookwater property, suffering only minor burns.
The banker was taken to hospital where he was put in an induced coma with burns to 95 per cent of his body.
Police say it was lucky things didn’t turn out far worse, with the blaze so fierce the second story of the home collapsed.
De Graaf's family have blamed the "on again, off again" relationship for pushing him off the edge.
"At the end of the day, I think that's what basically caused all of this," his aunt told Fairfax Media.
She revealed he had previously tried to commit suicide.
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