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Man who burnt wife's ex works hard: court

AAP logoAAP 18/10/2016

An Adelaide man who plotted with his wife to set her ex-boyfriend on fire has a strong work ethic and won't sit around watching daytime soapies if shown leniency by the court, his lawyer says.

Ben Woodhardt and Kerry Ross, both 29, have been found guilty of luring the victim and another man into a car park under the guise of a drug deal in 2013.

There, hooded figures doused them in petrol and set them on fire. Both victims suffered serious burns.

Woodhardt's lawyer says while prison time is inevitable, the District Court should consider the scaffolder's work ethic and continued employment in sentencing him.

"He's not going to sit around watching Days of Our Lives," defence counsel Gilbert Aitken said in sentencing submissions on Tuesday.

"This man has had a strong and ongoing work ethic. He's worked since he left school."

Mr Aitken also said Woodhardt had applied to appeal the guilty finding.

Prosecutor Matthew Boisseau said the attack was "horrifying" in its severity and had the potential to be fatal.

"It was a plan that had a lack of control and a real danger of causing extremely serious injury," Mr Boisseau said.

Woodhardt and Ross were earlier found guilty of aggravated causing serious harm and aggravated causing harm, for orchestrating the incident.

The court heard Woodhardt had been jealous of Ross's ex-boyfriend and had sent a series of angry emails to him in the weeks before the attack.

The hooded attackers have not been identified.

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