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Two men arrested for setting fire to former employee

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Police on Tuesday said they have arrested two temp agency employees on suspicion of pouring kerosene over the head of a former employee and setting him on fire in Mie Prefecture.

According to police, the two men -- Kazuyuki Osada, 44, the agency manager, and 34-year-old Natsumi Hanai, a former employee, are accused of taking a 35-year-old former employee into the car park of the Kameyama apartment block from which Osada ran the company, on March 25 of this year, TBS reported. They then allegedly poured kerosene over his head and set him on fire.

Police say the victim sustained extensive injuries in the attack and it is expected to take him three months to recover. His assailants were arrested on charges of attempted murder.

During police questioning, both men have so far denied the charges, although each reportedly gave conflicting reports of events, TBS said. Osada was quoted by police as saying: "I poured kerosene over him, but I didn't set him alight." On the other hand, Hanai was quoted as saying: "Osada poured kerosene over him and set him alight. I just brought the kerosene."

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BTW, kerosene does not burn when set to an open flame, it needs pressure and the resultant vapors can burn. Gasoline will alight instantly but kerosene won't.

This story doesn't add up.

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Where in the world did these low life come out of?

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BTW, kerosene does not burn when set to an open flame, it needs pressure and the resultant vapors can burn. Gasoline will alight instantly but kerosene won't.

Wrong. Kerosene / paraffin does not need "pressure" to burn, look at all the stoves and lamps which just have a wick in the liquid, capillary action soaks the wick and it is lit with a flame from a match or lighter. Try it yourself (in a safe place); soak a piece of cloth in kerosene and hold a match to it and see it burn.

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Harry, you're right, regarding cloth and kerosene. The vapors from the kerosene will burn slowly, but not in a highly flammable manner like gasoline.

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I had some old kerosene I did not want to burn in heaters in the house. So I poured a little at a time in a wheel barrow and burned it. Believe me, it burns readily, easily, and hotly, although not in an instant big WHOOSH. Oh, the flames will get big all right, but the flame sort of creeps at first and I was amazed at how it just burns, and burns and burns, despite the massive flames. That day was when I truly appreciated just how much energy is stored in kerosene.

but not in a highly flammable manner like gasoline.

Maybe not like gasoline, but its still highly flammable.

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That poor man. What a horrific thing to have done to someone. I hope these guys get life and spend the rest of their time sitting in seiza and not being allowed to do a damn thing. Even then, it is far less a punishment considering what the victim must be going through with regards to pain and suffering.

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Of all the ways to go, this one is near the bottom of the list for me. Ouch. Altho I guess he didn't go and is in hospital. Good luck in recovery.

Again, we want to know "why" tho.

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The last paragraph reminds me of a Coen brothers film.

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Sooooo....he's fully recovered?

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Scumbags. They deserve no less than execution. I just hope the poor victim is OK.

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does anyone gets reminded of Beavis and Butthead : Fire Fire Fire Fire!

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Does either of these imbeciles understand that they still confessed to murder, notwithstanding their half-denials?

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Murder? Who died?

GBH, yes for sure.

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March 25th... Why are we talking about it now just to make us have a bad day with yet again horrible news? Is that JT way of attracting people's attention (well it worked with me!) I wasn't expecting anything else JT is like Te Sun.

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It"S ME

Murder? Who died? GBH, yes for sure.

Oh please read the article. It clearly states ATTEMPTED MURDER..... You know thats the charge you get when you try to kill someone.....

From the article

His assailants were arrested on charges of attempted murder

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Yes, and if intend to kill him can't be proofed it becomes GBH. Charges don't mean much till prosecuted.

Either way hope he gets better soon.

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It"S ME

Yes, and if intend to kill him can't be proofed it becomes GBH. Charges don't mean much till prosecuted.

Um they poured Kero over his body and lit him on fire. What you think they where only trying to scare him. You dont do that unless you want him dead hence attempted murder.

Either way hope he gets better soon.

At least we agree on that.

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These wanna be gangters need to burn in hell

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What did they think was going to happen!?!? He was going to dissapear in a whisp of ash?!?

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@NeverSubmit, Kerosesn/Paraffin is gas at room temperature and thus turns into a gas when exposed to the open, these fumes easily catch fire. It doesnt burn half as viciously as petrol for example, but it still burns and wont stop burning easily, once alight that poor man would have little chance at getting it out before it burnt itself out.

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Mie ken?? These bozos sound like some real nut cases! I hope their victim does recover and that these 2 idiot fools spend the rest of their miserable lives kind of like hell but close enough, a Japanese prison!

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i wonder why this happened, what was the motive?

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I'm thinking they didn't know that the fumes of gas burn and not the liquid

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I don't know which is worse: that they did this on purpose or didn't consider the consequences of their actions...they need to be examined.

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All flamables are obviously dangerous. http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/huffing-teen-faces-years-surgery-4955758

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This must have been pure torture for the poor victim... I hope the two pieces of filth get severely punished.

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A horrifying experience for the victim,and a cruel sadistic crime by his tormentors. My heart goes out to the the exemployee, I hope he makes a full recovery. one inhumane villian places the blame on the other, does it matter who did what both knew the intention was to cause grevious bodily harm.

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Set these guys asses on fire!

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NeverSubmitJul. 04, 2012 - 07:36AM JST

Harry, you're right, regarding cloth and kerosene. The vapors from the kerosene will burn slowly, but not in a highly flammable manner like gasoline.

Actually both only burn in vapor form, and kerosene has higher energy per kg, so in effect it would be much more dangerous since it would release more heat. There's a reason jet fuel is kerosene based. It's not the fire that causes burns, it's the heat. And lets face it, kerosene would produce more localized heat than gasoline would. And that's before including biological toxicity of kerosene.

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"Sooooo....he's fully recovered?"

No kidding. He was attacked on March 25. A bit dated, this news.

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No kidding. He was attacked on March 25. A bit dated, this news.

NOOOooooo. Police made the arrest on Tuesday. Police were ALSO the ones at the same time who said it will take three (more) months to recover. That's a total of six months.

During police questioning, both men have so far denied the charges, although each reportedly gave conflicting reports of events, TBS said. Osada was quoted by police as saying: “I poured kerosene over him, but I didn’t set him alight.” On the other hand, Hanai was quoted as saying: “Osada poured kerosene over him and set him alight. I just brought the kerosene.”

What part of "I brought the kerosene", "I poured the kerosene on him", and "Osada poured kerosene over him and set him alight" means they have denied the charges? Seems like an admission of guilt to me from both perps.

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