A GIRL of 15 was doused with white spirit and set on fire by a jealous love rival.
Lucy Goldsmith was tricked into meeting the young woman, who believed she had kissed the attacker’s boyfriend.
She then flicked a lighter and engulfed Lucy in flames, saying: “You won’t look pretty any more.”
The woman hid the white spirit in a Coke bottle.
Police say the suspect was with a baby in a buggy during the attack in Eltham, South East London.
Mum-of-one Carly Costin, 31, was first to the scene. She said: “What I saw will stay with me forever.
“I was in the garden with my partner and son when we heard a girl’s screams.
“It wasn’t a normal scream, it was a chilling, horrible sound, like something from a horror movie.”
She and partner Jamie Kelsey ran to Lucy’s aid as she writhed in flames outside St Saviour’s Church on Sunday afternoon. Carly said: “It was horrific. Flames were leaping out from her hair.
“The skin on the left of her face was peeling off, her hair had completely gone. It was totally gruesome. She looked like she had been burnt under a grill.” Her partner grabbed a towel from their washing line and beat out the flames.
Carly went on: “Jamie managed to put out the fire. Her T-shirt and bra had melted and her skin was bubbling.
“It was utterly horrendous, the worst sight of my life.”
One of Lucy’s friends from Eltham Green School said the victim had been lured to the ambush by another girl. The pal said: “Lucy was set up. It’s disgusting.”
Police claim the attacker clearly intended to disfigure Lucy for life. A detective said: “She poured the spirit over her face, set her alight and said, ‘You won’t look pretty any more.’