Man sets his bed on fire because wife stormed out of house following an argumentBy Mason White 5:22 PM October 7, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
A man was arrested on a charge of arson after setting his bed on fire because his wife stormed out of the house, police in Singapore said.
Now, 44-year-old Koh Chong Huat of Yew Tee, has been sentenced to serve four months in jail after being convicted of causing mischief by fire.
He could have faced 7 years in prison, but he received a reduced sentence in exchange for pleading guilty. Huat of 688A Choa Chu Kang Drive, had a fight with his wife in his apartment on the 12th floor of the building.
After his wife stormed out of the house, Huat poured paint thinner on a mattress in the master bedroom. He lit a lighter and walked near the mattress.
When it caught fire, he tried to put it out a couple of times with water, but failed. Huat, who works as a taxi driver, then raised the alarm and the building was evacuated.
Around 100 people were kept out of their homes for several hours.