The 28-year-old woman accused of setting burns victim Dana Vulin on fire has been refused bail after a magistrate ruled no conditions could ensure she would not flee the country.
Natalie Dimitrovska's lawyer David Manera had argued that his client had an innocent explanation for being at the airport and about to board a flight on the day she was arrested - 24 February.
The court heard she had been arrested at Perth International Airport with a one-way ticket to Macedonia which she had bought that day despite telling police she would speak to them the same day about the fire incident on February 16.
Mr Manera submitted his client, whose young toddler daughter is now being cared for by family, had been on her way overseas to escort her ill father to Australia.
But Magistrate Robert Young rejected the defence claim, saying it didn't gel with the urgent one-way booking and lack of luggage.
He said given the serious allegation and the potential outcome of the case, he could not be satisfied that conditions could prevent her from being a flight risk.
He said that the defence submission, which included the claim Ms Dimitrovksa's father had separately purchased tickets to fly back to Perth and that her luggage was actually in the car of the person who dropped her off was 'too good to be true'.
The State had opposed bail, pointing to the flight risk but also the strength of the prosecution case which included the accused woman's fingerprint on a methylated spirits bottle at Ms Vulin's home and alleged lies she told after the incident.
Ms Dimitrovska has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent. Mr Manera said a trial was unlikely to be listed before early next year.
Ms Vulin's sister, Svetlana Velickovski, shed tears as the magistrate handed down his decision.
Outside court, she said that there was no relief for her sister who was still being treated and facing operations for her burns.
Ms Dimitrovska also cried during the bail hearing, sometimes turning to her parents who supported her in court.
The State had argued that the accused woman's family had either 'willingly or unwittingly' helped her in her bid to flee in February.
The case is listed for a committal mention in December. Ms Dimitrovska has not yet entered a plea.
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