Man who murdered partner in Reservoir Dogs attack files appeal

Jacqueline Kirk was left horribly disfigured by Steven Craig

Jacqueline Kirk was left horribly disfigured by Steven Craig (Image: PA/SWNS)

A man who inflicted injuries on his girlfriend so “life-changing” she would die 21 years later is appealing his sentence.

Inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s film Reservoir Dogs, Steven Craig recreated a torture scene in a car park in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset in April 1998.

He tied up his partner, Jacqueline Kirk, doused her in gasoline, and then set her on fire.

The mother-of-two suffered burns covering more than a third of her skin and required 14 surgeries, including a tracheostomy and skin grafts, and spent nine harsh months in hospital.

Craig was sentenced to life in prison for the horrific assault in 2000 and had to serve at least nine years there.

After Ms Kirk died of a hernia in 2019, he was arrested again two years later on suspicion of murder.

He was told last month he must serve at least 34 years behind bars for her death in a landmark case.

Undated handout photo of Jacqueline Kirk issued by Avon and Somerset Police. Steven Craig is to be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court for the murder of his partner - who died 21 years after he doused her in petrol and set her alight. The 58-year-old inflicted horrific injuries on Kirk in a car park in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset in April 1998. Issue date: Thursday November 10, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Weston. Photo credit should read: Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to simultaneously illustrate events, things or people in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

Ms Kirk died of a diaphragmatic hernia in 2019 (Image: PA)

FILE IMAGE - Linked to today's SWNS story SWCCthug 10th November 2022 on how Steven Craig is convicted at Bristol Crown Court of murdering his partner Jacqueline Kirk? who died 21 years after dousing her with petrol and setting her on fire. Jacqueline Kirk with her daughter Sonna. Steven Craig, 57, was convicted in 2000 of willful aggravated assault after dousing and setting fire to Jacqueline Kirk with petrol in April 1998 in Dolphin Square, Weston-super-Mare. Craig was on trial at Bristol Crown Court, accused of murdering Jacqueline Kirk, who died 21 years after he set her on fire.

The attack took place in a car park in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset in April 1998 (Image: SWNS)

But the judge subtracted the total time he had already served, meaning the new total minimum sentence was set at 15 years and five days.

Given the length of time between the attack and Ms. Kirk’s death, Craig’s conviction is believed to be a legal first.

He has now appealed to have the number of years he is serving in prison reduced so he can serve part of his remaining years without parole.

The complaint will first be examined by a judge next year.

During last month’s sentencing, Mrs. Judge Mary Elizabeth Stacey told Craig that he was entirely to blame for her death.

She said he “rewatched” the scene from “Reservoir Dogs” and had a “permanent grin.”

“You liked acting like the character in the movie,” she pointed out. “Mr. Kirk was really scared and was full of gas.

“You lit the lighter and she saw the flame of the lighter flash across her face. She could set her arms on fire and the pain burned. You didn’t help her or call for help.

“Her injuries were life-threatening and life-changing. It was not clear that she would survive.

“They wanted to use really serious force and do really serious harm to Jackie – it was a planned and premeditated attack.

“There is no doubt that you intended, by any means at your disposal, to carry out an unprovoked, premeditated, and monstrous attack on Jackie.”

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