THESE are the faces of the man and woman who set their friend on fire to try and kill him.

Jane Reilly and Alan Archer, who were a couple at the time, hatched an "evil" plan to lure the man out of a house in Southchurch Avenue and kill him.

Reilly, 53, had been angry that the innocent man had pawned a watch she had given him previously when he worked for her.

She recruited Archer, 33, as her right hand man to go and fill up the five litre petrol can before dousing the victim with the fuel and setting him alight.

CCTV footage of the incident showed the victim go up in a fireball on the night of October 30, 2019.


After they had fled, the two returned to the scene when the emergency services were there and antagonised the victim's girlfriend, who saw the attack.

At Basildon Crown Court today, Archer, of Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff, and Reilly, of Trowbridge Road, Harold Hill, were jailed for a total of 24 years each, and must serve at least two thirds of that before being eligible for release.

Judge Samantha Leigh told them: "In my view I have seen no remorse from either of you at all. He was a friend, and he was repaid by being set alight.”