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An Australian citizen from Indonesia accused of a horrific attack that left a woman with third degree burns to up to 60 per cent of her body has pleaded guilty to all charges except attempted murder.

Anto Prawiran Bintan appeared in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court today via video link from Hakea Prison.

He pleaded not guilty to one charge of attempting to murder Cui Ling Tao, a Chinese woman with Australian citizenship, in her Cannington home sometime on December 20 or 21 last year.

She was allegedly found by firefighters tied to a bed with cable ties, had a blanket draped over her head, was doused with an accelerant and set alight.

Mr Bintan was charged more than a week later after Ms Tao regained consciousness in hospital.

Also today, the accused man pleaded guilty to criminal damage by fire, aggravated robbery, with violence rendering a person incapable of resisting and stealing a motor vehicle.

His lawyer told the court Mr Bintan rejected the allegation he intended to kill Ms Tao and would argue her injuries were caused by accident.

He said despite a plea to the aggravated robbery charge there may be a dispute about the facts, regarding what property was stolen and the manner in which it was stolen.

Magistrate Jan Whitbread set a provisional trial date for the attempted murder charge for February 18 next year.

Mr Bintan was remanded in custody to make his first appearance in the Supreme Court next month.

The West Australian

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