IBARAKI (TR) – A man may face attempted murder charges after dousing his partner with fluid and setting them both on fire at a restaurant after he threatened to kill her if she didn’t let him see their child, police said on Friday.
The man, a 52-year-old of Iranian nationality, was sitting with his female partner, a 36-year-old Filipino, at family restaurant Saizeriya in Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture, when witnesses said the couple got into an altercation before he doused her with an unidentified fluid and they both caught fire, the Asahi Shimbun reports (Nov. 12).
The pair are now unconscious in serious condition after being rushed to a hospital, Nippon News Network reported.
An investigation is under way to determine if the man will face attempted murder charges for allegedly lighting her on fire, police said.
The couple, who live in separate locations, were arguing about the man meeting their child, police said.
Police previously gave the man a verbal warning last month after he threatened to kill the woman if she “didn’t let me see my child,” and advised the woman not to meet with the man.
The woman was also advised to file the incident with police but did not comply, police said.
Officers responded to an emergency call reporting that “people were on fire” at around 2:55 p.m. and found the pair suffering from severe burns over their entire bodies with their clothes burned.
Other diners at the restaurant, none of whom were hurt, were quoted by NHK as telling police they “saw a man and woman arguing” and “the woman caught fire after the man doused her with fluid.”
A witness told the Asahi they “thought they heard a ‘whoosh’ sound, and then the man was a ball of flame.”