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Man Arrested for Burning Down Home over Gundam Models

posted on 2009-08-10 06:51 EDT
Police allege that he lit kerosene-doused room after mother disposed of models

Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: Police in Kasai City near Kobe have arrested a 29-year-old factory worker named Yoshifumi Takabe on suspicion of burning down his own home on Sunday. The suspect reportedly doused his room with kerosene and lit it with a lighter around 2:10 p.m. on Sunday. The resulting fire eventually burned down the two-story house, which was about 250 square meters (about 2,700 square feet) and made partially from wood.

The police investigators say that the suspect had doused himself with kerosene, but had escaped the fire without injuries. His 55-year-old mother was also in the house but escaped without injuries. According to the police, the suspect said that his mother had gotten rid of his "valuable" Gundam plastic models, so he wanted to kill himself.

Source: The Kobe Shimbun via Itai News

Thank you to dormcat for the news tip.

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