French chef cooks up Japan prison term

9th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

TOKYO, May 9, 2007 (AFP) - A French chef was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in a Japanese prison for setting fire to his apartment building to cope with stress.

TOKYO, May 9, 2007 (AFP) - A French chef was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in a Japanese prison for setting fire to his apartment building to cope with stress.

Christophe Colin, the 33-year-old owner of "Chez Christophe," a creperie in an upscale part of Tokyo, was convicted of three counts of arson last year.

In one incident, he lit up a cardboard box in the corridor of his four-storey building and let the fire extend to an adjoining room. No one was hurt.

"The nature of this crime was heinous because he committed it to ease the feelings of uncertainty he had due to the unfavourable conditions managing his restaurant," Tokyo District Court judge Hitoshi Murase said.

Colin told police he set fire to the apartment to relieve stress and exhaustion from work.


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