Man at large after ‘setting girlfriend alight’

Police investigators. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Police investigators. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Police are still looking for a man who allegedly burned his girlfriend to death in Roodepoort, on the West Rand, Gauteng.

The deceased’s mother, Nonfuneko Charlie, said her daughter, Juliette Charlie, 18, was visiting a group of friends in Roodepoort when she apparently disappeared with her ex-boyfriend in March. She was missing for three days before three of her friends told her parents she was in hospital after she was set alight, Roodepoort Record reported.

“Her boyfriend allegedly poured paraffin over her before setting her alight in a jealous rage. She died in hospital seven days later.”

“Nobody knows exactly what happened on the day of Juliette’s tragic death and whether an argument ensued before her boyfriend allegedly set her alight,” added Nonfuneko.

She said the suspect’s sister gave a photo of him to the police. When they went to his house to arrest him, he was nowhere to be found.

Roodepoort police spokesperson Nonhlanhla Khumalo said a case of murder was under investigation and police have launched a manhant.

Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of the suspect is urged contact the Roodepoort Police Station on 011-279-6400.

Last month a woman and a nine month-old baby died after the husband of a prominent ANC politician allegedly doused his wife with petrol and set her alight as she and other people were sleeping in a house in Olifantshoek, Northern Cape.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Donald Mdhluli: “It is alleged that the man came back at around 2am, entered through an unlocked door and doused his wife with petrol while she was sleeping and set her alight. A relative aged 35 and a nine-month-old baby, who were in the same room, succumbed to serious burn wounds they suffered.”

– Caxton News Service



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