Carlos Peña Flores held in prison for what will now be a likely murder charge. | Alejandro Sepulveda


Xue Sandra Saura, the 32-year-old woman who was set alight by her partner at their home in Alcudia at the end of June, passed away on Monday, the result of complications caused by her injuries. Her family have expressed their sincere thanks for all the support that has been given over the past few weeks.

Xue Sandra had been taken by air ambulance to the specialist burns unit at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona, suffering from burns to 80 per cent of her body. She had been doused in petrol and set alight by her 37-year-old partner, Carlos Peña Flores, who had returned in the morning from a night out drinking and taking drugs. The day before she had told him that she wanted to bring an end to their relationship, apparently because she had met another person.

When the incident occurred, she was able to escape with the couple's 22-month-old son, who suffered minor burns, and drive to her father's home nearby despite the excruciating pain.

Peña Flores was subsequently arrested and is in prison awaiting trial.

The Balearic government has offered is condolences to the family and friends of Xue Sandra, having maintained contact with the family via the Balearic Institute for Women and Alcudia town hall. With the family's backing, the government has authorised the regional Attorney to represent it as a plaintiff in the criminal proceedings.

President Armengol tweeted to say that Monday was "a day of great sadness and indignation" and reiterated the condolences to and support for family and friends.