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Man charged with setting ex-girlfriend on fire

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 12, 2019   /   06:54 pm
Man charged with setting ex-girlfriend on fire Illustration of a crime scene (Shutterstock.com/Prath)

A resident of Sekayu district in Musi Banyuasin regency, South Sumatra, identified as Isnen, 23, has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to his ex-girlfriend, identified as Irma Fitriani, 22.

“The victim and perpetrator were together for seven years, but the victim wanted to break up,” chief of Babat Toman Police Adj. Comr. Ali Rajikin said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.

Ali said the incident occurred on Wednesday morning when Isnen went to the victim’s workplace, a children’s clothes shop in Babat Toman district. 

Irma was sweeping the floor as the shop had just opened, she was alone with the shop owner’s child at the time. Isnen went inside and began to quarrel with Irma before allegedly splashing her with gasoline that he had brought along and setting fire to her.

Irma escaped the shop and screamed for help from passers-by, while Isnen fled the scene.

Not long after Isnen surrendered to a nearby police post.

Irma is being treated in the Sekayu city hospital for 70 percent burns, Ali said. (gis/dmr)