WA man faces sentence for gay lover murder

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A man who viciously assaulted a gay lover, set fire to his apartment and left him for dead is due to be sentenced for murder.

Lane Tynan Mitchell, 25, and Peter Anthony Jarman, 49, had sex and took methamphetamine in the older man’s North Perth apartment in June last year before an argument erupted.

Mitchell, who provided the drugs, became enraged when Mr Jarman refused to give him cash for a taxi fare.

He admitted punching, kicking and bludgeoning Mr Jarman with a wine bottle, although a forensic pathologist said the victim may also have been hit with a statue and a frying pan.

Mitchell then attempted to destroy evidence of their intimate relationship on electronic devices and used fly spray to ignite a hoodie, which caused the apartment to catch fire.

He left using an Uber three minutes before an explosion tore through the unit, gutting it.

Mr Jarman was unconscious but still breathing when firefighters arrived.

He was taken to hospital but could not be saved.

Mitchell was due to stand trial in the Supreme Court of WA but eventually pleaded guilty.

He refused to read victim impact statements at his last court appearance and his request to appear at his sentencing today via videolink from jail was granted.