Man sets girlfriend on fire

2010-11-02 15:01

A man was arrested after he set his girlfriend on fire in Imbali in

Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal police said today.

“Police found an injured woman who was identified as Thembisa

Mkhize. She had sustained severe burn wounds throughout her body,” said Warrant

Officer Joey Jeevan.


The two were walking along the road yesterday when they started

arguing.


“It is alleged that during the altercation the man dragged Mkhize

to an open field and produced a container of liquid which he poured over her and

set her alight,” said Jeevan.


A passerby witnessed the incident and informed community members

who managed to extinguish the flames.


“While waiting for the ambulance the community members allegedly

caught the suspect and assaulted him before handing him over to the

police.”


The man and the woman were taken to hospital. The man was under

police guard.


He was due to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates Court

soon.

 

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