On Monday, the ABC revealed the extent of the extent to which Burns Australia had breached the confidentiality of the person it was seeking to prosecute.
The ABC has now been given a copy of a written complaint lodged by Burns Victoria on the ABC’s 7.30 program in October 2017.
The complainant, who is not named, alleges Burns is breaching its confidentiality by “misrepresenting” the extent and nature of the injuries he suffered in his burn in April last year.
“In an attempt to mislead you, Burns Melbourne is misleading you, in fact misleading you to the extent that the person is making false statements,” the complaint read.
It also alleged that Burns “misrepresented” that he suffered “serious” and “life-changing” injuries to his chest and abdomen.
The complaint alleged that the “misleading statements” were made by Burners Victoria to the ABC in relation to the severity of the burn.
Burns Victoria did not respond to a request for comment.
The program’s presenter, Tony Jones, asked Burns what it would be like to have to prosecute a person who had been burned to death in a similar manner.
“You would be forced to charge that person with murder,” Jones said.
“It would be very hard.”
Burns was arrested and charged with murder in January 2018 and was later acquitted.
It is understood the ABC is now in discussions with Burns about what action it will take.
The complaints document is now being shared with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Office (CAGO).