Murder-accused girlfriend dies before trial

Amanda Zukowski, 48, was due to be tried for the 2017 murder of Jeffrey Lindsell, with whom she had an “on-again off-again” relationship.

Mr Lindsell, 39, died from his burns two days after fire ripped through the granny flat he occupied behind his parents’ house in the southern Sydney suburb of Gymea.

Detectives alleged Ms Zukowski tampered with the water supply and deliberately set fire to his home on October 7, 2017.

His parents witnessed their son engulfed in flames and screaming for help run from the burning granny flat at around 1.30am.

Amanda Zukowski leaves Central Local Court last year after being granted bail. Picture: Candace Sutton

Amanda Zukowski leaves Central Local Court last year after being granted bail. Picture: Candace SuttonSource:news.com.au

Jeffrey Lindsell died from burns after fire engulfed his flat. Picture: 7 News

Jeffrey Lindsell died from burns after fire engulfed his flat. Picture: 7 NewsSource:Channel 7

Police arrest Ms Zukowski in 2018.

Police arrest Ms Zukowski in 2018.Source:Supplied

Police and paramedics on the scene at the Gymea granny flat that Ms Zukowski allegedly set alight. Picture: Steve Tyson

Police and paramedics on the scene at the Gymea granny flat that Ms Zukowski allegedly set alight. Picture: Steve TysonSource:Supplied

Following an investigation by the NSW State Crime Command’s arson unit, in mid-2018 police charged Ms Zukowski with Mr Lindsell’s murder.

Detectives alleged she deliberately lit the fire in the granny flat knowing Mr Lindsell was asleep inside.

At a brief appearance by Ms Zukowski in February last year, Central Local Court heard the accused might be about to enter a plea.

Ms Zukowski, who lit up a cigarette as she walked away from the court where Mr Lindsell’s tearful family was gathered, later pleaded not guilty to murder.

She was on bail and her murder trial was set down for February 3 but has now been vacated due to Ms Zukowski’s death.

candace.sutton@news.com.au