Police in Wakayama City said Monday they have arrested a 71-year-old man for attempted murder after he set fire to a car with his 40-year-old son in it.
According to police, the incident occurred on Sunday night. TV Asahi reported that police received a call at around 10 p.m. about a car burning. Police and firefighters arrived at the scene to find a car engulfed in flames on the road next to the house from where the call had been placed.
Upon entering the house, police found a man, identified as Akihiro Kusaka, with burns all over his body. He was taken to hospital and was in a stable condition Monday,
Police quoted him as saying, "My father set the car on fire with me in it," TV Asahi reported.
Akihiro's father, Noriaki Kusaka, was arrested at his home approximately one kilometer away from where the burning car was found. Police said he has admitted to the crime and wanted to kill his son.
Local media reported that Kusaka had been living together with his son. On Sunday night, Akihiro had gone to have dinner with his mother (Kusaka's ex-wife). As he was getting back into the car to go home, his father poured inflammable liquid over the car and then ignited it with a lighter. Kusaka then walked back to his home where police picked him up later.© Japan Today