Young burns victim exonerates husband

A YOUNG woman who suffered burns to 70 per cent of her body when the shack she shared with her husband in Vega de Aca in April caught fire turned the case upside down by stating in court that her husband was not to blame.

Catalin C was remanded at El Acebuche jail to await trial accused of wife battering and of attempted homicide by pouring petrol over his wife and setting her alight. Witnesses reported the man fled the scene and he was arrested later that day at El Toyo hospital, where he went for treatment to burns on his hands which he claimed were from trying to help his wife.

A National Police escort accompanied the alleged victim, Ana S B from Torrecardenas, where she remains under medical supervision, to Almeria’s Gender Violence court to testify. Although barely able to speak, the Romanian woman said her husband wasn’t to blame claiming she started the fire herself by accident upon lighting a cigarette next to a can of petrol.

However, witnesses reported the woman had screamed “Catalin burned me” while struggling to escape the flames. When questioned, she said she didn’t remember everything and perhasp was annoyed with her husband at the time.

In response to a suggestion by the judge that she could be scared of her husband and was trying to protect him, the victim insisted that was not the case and in fact said she had laughed at the impossibility when she was told he had set her alight.


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