Jealous ‘teen sets girlfriend on fire’
17 August 2004
AMSTERDAM — A 16-year-old Dutch teenager set his girlfriend on fire twice last week because he thought she had kissed another boy while on holiday, it was claimed Tuesday.
The victim, 16, was brought to hospital the following day with first and second-degree burns. She is still in hospital but is said to be in a stable condition.
The suspect, from Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands, has been charged with attempting to kill her.
The public prosecutor’s office (OM) claims the teen asked his girlfriend to come to his home last week and he made her sit next to a computer.
He had written the text “jij bent er geweest”, or you are a goner, on the screen.
He tied her to the chair and carved his name into her chest with a knife before dosing her in turpentine and setting her alight twice, the OM claimed. Afterwards the youth put her under the shower and brought her to one of his ex-girlfriends. She brought the victim to the hospital the next day,
The suspect is being psychiatrically assessed and a court will decide later whether he should be dealt with under juvenile or adult law.
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Subject: Dutch news