Woman arrested for allegedly setting house on fire while fiancé was locked inside

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A woman has been arrested.
Duncan Alfreds, News24
  • An Eastern Cape woman has been arrested for allegedly setting a house alight while her fiancé was locked inside.
  • A neighbour ran to rescue the man.
  • The woman was arrested at the scene in Timothy Valley.

A woman who allegedly locked her fiancé inside a Bethelsdorp house and set it alight on Thursday morning, has been arrested and charged with arson and attempted murder, according to Eastern Cape police.

READ | Man charged with murder and arson after girlfriend, baby among five killed in fire

The 42-year-old woman was arrested at the scene in Timothy Valley in the early hours of the morning, police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said in a statement.

"At about 00:45, police responded to a complaint of a house on fire in Angola Street in Timothy Valley. It is alleged that the suspect was seen exiting the house, locking the door and setting the place on fire," Naidu said.

"The neighbour ran to rescue the victim inside as he heard screams for help. The 40-year-old victim sustained burn wounds to his body and was taken to hospital for further treatment."

The woman is expected to appear in court soon.

In a separate incident, detectives are searching for suspects who were involved in a mob justice attack on Wednesday night in Booysens Park.

Naidu said police responded to the scene at about 20:45 in Norkie Street.

"On arrival, the naked body of an unknown male was lying in the street and the street was empty. He sustained a wound [to] the back of his head. A few metres away from him, ashes were smouldering. The deceased's clothes were burnt off his body," Naidu said.

The man's aunt later identified him as Athenkosi Fushane, 24, who lived in Norkie Street.

Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile, said: "Mob justice is not the solution and will not be tolerated. The community needs to work with the police and report all criminal behaviour to law enforcement and stop acts of vigilantism."

A murder case is under investigation.

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