Quebec man charged with setting ex-wife on fire to remain detained

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A man who has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault after his ex-wife was allegedly set on fire in Quebec City will remain behind bars.

A judge ruled today that Frej Haj Messaoud will stay in detention until his next court appearance.

The 39-year-old is accused of setting fire to his ex-wife on Friday night in the city's St-Sauveur neighbourhood as her young children and mother looked on.

The 27-year-old victim suffered major injuries to her face, back and hands, and police said that as of Sunday she was still fighting for her life.

Prosecutor Sabrina Lambert-Michel says the Crown objected to the accused's release both to ensure he shows up for future court dates and to protect the community.

The case returns to court on Friday, when the judge and lawyers are expected to discuss the details of a bail hearing.