Man arrested for goading girlfriend into setting herself on fire


Police in Koga, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 47-year-old man of abetting an arson incident after he poured kerosene on his 46-year-old girlfriend and told her to start a fire and die.

According to police, the incident occurred just before 1 a.m. Sunday in the two-story apartment, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said Kazuhiro Hirata, a company employee, called 119 to report a fire in the apartment.

When firefighters arrived, they found the carpet burned and Hirata’s girlfriend, Masako Tsuyama, sitting in the toilet on the first floor, in state of cardiopulmonary arrest and with burns all over her body. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police said that Hirata told them he and Tsuyama had been arguing and that he lost his temper and threw kerosene on her and the floor. He was quoted as saying he told Tsuyama to go ahead and set herself on fire but that he was angry and didn't mean it.

Tsuyama used a lighter to set the carpet on fire.

Hirata, who got out of the residence, was not injured. The first floor was destroyed by the fire.

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" I poured kerosene all over her and told her to set herself on fire.... But I didn't mean it. I was angry."

Ok. Sure.

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This story makes me sick. So sad.

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Well, that's a new level of terrible person And it sounds like much more than "goading" if he poured the stuff on her.

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And she complied?

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How do we know he didn't do it and it's just trying to lighten his sentence

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This just does not make any sense, the woman should've fought back in the least and not waste her life with this lowlife

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Why are the police (and the commenters here) taking his word that she set herself on fire?

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She set fire to the carpet while he walked out, why not herself directly?

Probably he set fire to the carpet and walked out

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he poured kerosene on his 46-year-old girlfriend and told her to start a fire and die.

What a convenient lie this is. He set her on fire and made up this crap excuse to avoid a murder charge. There is no mention of hoe she got from the fire to the downstairs toilet. I'm quite sure that somebody who has just been severely burned by kerosine could not climb down a flight of stairs and go to the toilet. Iy's impossible t prove, but this scumbag did it for sure!

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Maybe he could show and reenact on himself. I reckon he lit the flame. I hate angry men. RIP.

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As a teenager sometimes we did emotional crazy things, but over 40 years old?

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Hang him.

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Well, we cannot get her side of the story now, can we?

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And she did it!!! - things really do get firey in some domestic disputes.

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Is that a crime? Many a times, in a heated argument, women (and it is mostly women) who take hold of a knife threatening to slash herself or worse, and then the "caring" boyfriend double-daring her, and she does.

But yeah, the kerosene thing was a bit much.

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