A 52-year-old Iranian man poured a flammable liquid over his 36-year-old common-law Filipino wife, and then ignited it, causing both of them to suffer severe burns all over their bodies, in a restaurant in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Friday.
According to police, the incident occurred just before 3 p.m. in a Saizeriya family restaurant located in the JR Tsuchiura Station building. Fuji TV reported that the couple, who had been living apart, were heard arguing loudly over the custody of their child when the man suddenly poured a liquid from a small coffee can over the woman. He ignited it with a lighter and the flames also engulfed him.
Police said both the man and woman remained unconscious in hospital on Saturday.
No other diners in the restaurant were injured, Fuji reported.
Police said that the woman had consulted with them in October after the man threatened to kill her if she didn't allow him to see their child. But she declined to file a formal criminal complaint. Police said they issued the man a verbal warning and also advised the woman not to see or contact her estranged partner in any way.© Japan Today