A man accused of murdering his wife by dousing her in petrol and setting her alight at their western Sydney home has been granted bail.
Kulwinder Singh, 37, was arrested last month and charged over the death of 32-year-old Parwinder Kaur four years ago.
His lawyers say there is no evidence linking him to the fuel.
Mr Singh was arrested after what police said had been a painstaking process of analysing the evidence.
But a few weeks on, his lawyers persuaded a magistrate that he should no longer be held in custody.
Parramatta Local Court was told that all of the fingerprints retrieved from a jerry can and cigarette lighter found at the Rouse Hill home belonged to Ms Kaur, not her husband.
Magistrate Theo Tsavdardis said the Crown case is “inconsistent with the expert evidence”.
The court also heard evidence given by another expert at a 2015 inquest, who said evidence from the jerry can was consistent with a self-pour.
Barrister Frank Santisi said, “there’s nothing linking the accelerant to the accused”.
“His conduct is consistent with him trying to help the deceased.”
When neighbours responded to the incident, Singh was heard saying, “She did it to herself. Please don’t let them think I did it”.
Ms Kaur suffered burns to 90 per cent of her body and died in hospital two days later.
Magistrate Tsavdardis said the death occurred against the backdrop of a lengthy period of marital disharmony and domestic violence.
Ms Kaur had previously reported to her family that she had been bashed, slapped and kicked by her husband.
Earlier on the day she suffered her catastrophic injuries she told a triple-0 operator, “my husband nearly killed me”.
A forensic psychologist told the court Mr Singh was suffering a “major depressive episode” that would be best treated outside custody.
The case returns to court in February.