Two men arrested for setting fire to former employee
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.”