Man who set woman on fire gets 16 years


PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A Saskatchewan man who viciously attacked a homeless woman and set her on fire has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Leslie Black had pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the beating, burning and sexual assault of Marlene Bird in an alley in Prince Albert, Sask., in 2014.

Her injuries were so serious both legs had to be amputated and she lost much of her eyesight.

Judge Stanley Loewen gave Black credit of four years, eight months for time already served, so he still faces about 11 years in prison.

Loewen also ordered that Black be supervised for 10 years after he gets out because of the “bizarre” nature of the attack.

The Crown had argued for life in prison, while the defence was asking for 15 years.

In August, Loewen ruled Black’s risk to reoffend could be managed in the community, so the judge did not designate him a dangerous offender.