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An Indonesian-born Australian man has admitted attempting to murder a woman who he forcibly injected with a sedative, tied to a bed and set alight.

Shortly before he was due to stand trial in the Supreme Court,Anto Pawira Bintan pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of 29-year-old Cui Ling Tao in her Cannington home in December 2011.

Bintan, 33, this morning pleaded guilty to rendering the victim, an Australian citizen originally from China, incapable of resistance at her Cannington home and forcibly injecting her with the drug Midazolam as well as using violence to steal cash, bank cards and other identity cards.

He has also pleaded guilty to criminal damage by fire and stealing her car.

It is understood the woman, who was tied to a bed with cables and doused with accelerant, suffered burns to 60 per cent of her body.

Friends of the victim said the woman was unable to attend court this morning because she could not face her attacker.

Bintan sobbed and held his hands in his head after pleading guilty to Ms Tao's attempted murder.

Pre-sentence, psychological and psychiatric reports have been ordered for Bintan ahead of his expected sentencingon April 12.

He has been remanded in custody.