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Homeless man's feet set on fire in Prague

Prague, 7.11.2010 23:13, (ROMEA)

On the evening of Friday November 4, someone allegedly set a homeless man's feet on fire near the exit from the Dejvická metro station in Prague's 6th district. The man was taken to hospital. Police are investigating the case and taking testimony from eyewitnesses, police spokesperson Eva Kropáčová told the Czech Press Agency.

"He suffered third-degree burns over 8 % of his lower limbs," Jiřina Ernestová, spokesperson for Prague Emergency Services, told the Czech Press Agency. Emergency responders transported the victim to the burn center at the hospital in the Vinohrady district. His life is not in danger.

News server Novinky.cz reported on the event on Friday evening. According to Kropáčová, the attack allegedly took place around 6:30 PM. "We are investigating thoroughly, we must interrogate the witnesses and determine what really took place," she told the Czech Press Agency.

Also Friday, Prague police informed journalists they arrested four youths last Wednesday on suspicion of setting another homeless man on fire and attacking two other people. Three of them were charged last Thursday with murder and attempted murder. The fourth suspect is a juvenile aged 15, so he cannot be held criminally liable or prosecuted. The victim burned to death in August when a garden cottage in the Bohdalecký Forest in Prague's 10th district was set on fire.

ČTK, Gwendolyn Albert, Zdeněk Ryšavý, ryz, Czech Press Agency, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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