A woman accused of setting an acquaintance on fire in a jealous rage over her estranged husband claims she was defending herself from a pepper spray attack.
Natalie Dimitrovska is accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on 27-year-old Dana Vulin, who suffered 60 per cent burns to her body in the attack in February 2012.
Ms Vulin, who wears a pressure suit to protect the wounds to her face, arms, chest, neck and head, was cross examined on the second day of the trial at Western Australia's District Court.
Defence lawyer Hylton Quail suggested that rather than dousing Ms Vulin with methylated spirits in a callous attack, Dimitrovska had been reacting to the younger woman reaching for pepper spray during a furious argument.
"During the argument, you picked up the pepper spray and pointed it in her direction," Mr Quail suggested.
"That is when she picked up the bottle and threw it at you."
Ms Vulin's consistent answer was: "I suggest you were wrong".
She told the court on Monday she had been subjected to a series of abusive phone calls from Dimitrovska - including death threats - over an alleged affair with her husband.
Ms Vulin denied any relationship with Dimitrovska's husband Edin Handanovic.
She told the jury Dimitrovska broke in to her flat, verbally abused her, then doused her in methylated spirits while she was holding a meth burner.
She said she instantly became a "human fireball".
Mr Quail contended the phone calls had not been abusive or threatening, and the women had actually resolved the issue.
He even suggested Ms Vulin had suggested going to dinner with her alleged attacker, and offered to supply her drugs.
Ms Vulin denied that vehemently, going on to tearfully describe her condition after she was burned.
"It is the most excruciating thing you will ever experience," Ms Vulin said.
"It is unimaginable, indescribable - I would rather have been dead."
Police investigating the attack found drugs, a taser and pepper spray during a search of Dimitrovska's flat.
She was convicted of possessing the items.
The trial continues.
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