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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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TV show recounts attack on Haverigg woman who was set ablaze

A DOCUMENTARY dissecting a murder in which a South Cumbria woman was set alight by a former friend will be aired this month.

The Channel 5 series Countdown to Murder will show dramatised scenes of the fatal attack on 35-year-old Stacey Mackie, formerly of Haverigg.

Miss Mackie died in hospital 15 hours after suffering 95 per cent burns during the incident on January 27, 2012.

She had been taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and was later transferred to Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, where she died.

She had told police officers Terrence Armer was her attacker before she died.

Armer, 61, of Kendal, was found guilty of dousing the victim in white spirit before setting her alight in her Kendal home.

He was jailed for life and is serving a minimum sentence of 27 years for the crime.

Armer broke into his victim’s flat, which was a sheltered home for vulnerable adults, using a screwdriver and an axe.

The programme will chronicle details of the events leading up to the murder along with interviews with family members.

The pair had met and formed a friendship while being treated in hospital for mental health issues before the relationship turned sour.

A Channel 5 spokeswoman said: “The Channel 5 documentary chronicles in detail the tragic events leading up to Stacey Mackie’s horrific murder when her supposed friend, Terrence Armer set her on fire.”

A Crackit Productions spokesman said: “The second series will see eight hour-long episodes going into forensic and chillingly accurate detail of the last days leading up to some of the UK’s most horrific killings from the perspective of both murderer and victim.

“With exclusive access to personal testimony from witnesses who have never before spoken publicly; detailed crime reports; forensic evidence and expert commentary from criminologists, detectives, pathologists and journalists, Countdown To Murder brings new form to a subject that is continually engaging, to tell the stories of some of Britain’s most high-profile and shocking murders.”

Crackit’s creative director Elaine Hackett said: “We’re delighted that combining drama documentary with a format struck a chord with Channel 5’s viewers and that it’s back for an extended run.”

“Countdown to Murder aims to give the victims a voice. Stacey Mackie’s murder was incredibly tragic and particularly harrowing. We felt that it was important to tell her story.”

It is due to air on Thursday, August 28.

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