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Quebec woman remains in coma after acid attack

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A woman from Longueuil, Que., is in a medically induced coma with serious burns to her upper body after she was attacked with acid during a conjugal fight on Sunday.

According to Martin Simard of the Longueuil police, Tanya St Arnauld, 29, has burns to 70 per cent of her body caused by a household cleaning liquid, like drain or cement cleaner.

Nikolas Stefanatos, 27, of Brossard, Que., has been charged with aggravated assault. His bail hearing was put over at his first court appearance on Monday.

Simard said police were called to the woman's apartment on Ste-Catherine Street in Longueuil around 5 a.m. Sunday.

The woman's brother, Maxime Gosselin, 23, was away camping when he received a call from St Arnauld's friend. She told Gosselin something had happened to his sister.

According to St Arnauld's friend, the woman was sprayed with ketchup and mustard during a fight. She left to talk to a friend and when she returned, she was splashed with a corrosive product.

"She was suffering, she was yelling," said Gosselin. "They saw her skin literally melt off."

The paint on the apartment wall near the scene bubbled and peeled off from being sprayed with the product.

Gosselin said he "couldn't believe it," but that he was aware Stefanatos and St. Arnauld had a volatile relationship.

"I didn't know something this bad was going to happen, but a week earlier they had some complications and he took away her key in the middle of the parking lot at a hardware store and left her there for six hours. I went there to see if she was OK and she was full of juice, her car was full of it."

Gosselin said his sister told him Stefanatos has doused her in orange juice before leaving her stranded.

St Arnauld asked her brother to stay in her apartment while she showered in case Stefanatos came back to the apartment.

"She didn't want to be in the shower and be alone if he came in," said Gosselin.

According to court files, Stefanatos was found guilty of assault in 2006 and sentenced to two years of supervised probation. He was expected back in court on Sept. 10 for failing to comply with probation orders.