Man allegedly sets girlfriend alight, burns himself

2015-05-10 12:36
Die Mbombela-stadion in Nelspruit. Foto: Felix Dlangamandla

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Bushbuckridge - A Mpumalanga man accused of burning his 23-year-old girlfriend to death is recovering from hospital after suffering burn wounds himself.

According to provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, the incident happened at the Mapulaneng College in Bushbuckridge on Saturday morning.

"According to information we got, the boyfriend came to the girl's apartment and after minutes a loud sound was heard. He came out burning, but the community managed to extinguish the flames on him. He was then taken to hospital where he later allegedly confessed to setting the house and his girlfriend on fire," said Mohlala on Sunday.

Mohlala said the boyfriend is recovering in hospital under police guard.

"The suspect is recovering from the burn wounds and we have since charged him with murder charge and arson. He is going to appear in court once he recovers."

Mohlala said the deceased cannot be named until her relatives have been informed of her death.

"We can't name the suspect either because he has not appeared in court. At this stage his age has not been confirmed," said Mohlala.

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