Man suffers serious burns after setting girlfriend on fire while fighting in crowded restaurant


Man and woman on fire (illustration) 
By: Wayne Morin

A man is facing a charge of attempted murder after allegedly setting his girlfriend on fire in a crowded restaurant, according to police in Japan.

Ibaraki police said that the 52-year-old man, who was not identified, seriously injured his 36-year-old girlfriend by setting her on fire in front of horrified diners.

According to the police investigation, the couple was recently advised to stay away from each other, following a dispute about their child.

The couple did not take the advice, and they continued living with each other and fighting. On Friday, the couple was eating at a restaurant when they began to fight again.

The man poured a flammable liquid on his girlfriend and set her on fire, burning himself in the process. The were numerous customers in the restaurant, but luckily, nobody was injured.

Employees called police and said that people were on fire in the restaurant. The man and the woman were taken to a hospital with serious burns.

They remain unconscious. When the man recovers, he will be charged with attempted murder.