Indictment: Man set fire to daughter for meeting men online
Silwan resident indicted for setting fire to 17-year-old daughter after he learned she had romantic ties with men she met online. As body was found, father reportedly told son: If anyone with the police asks what happened, say I told her not to play with lighter fluid
According to the indictment, filed with the Jerusalem Magistrates court, the father heard his daughter was engaged in romantic ties with men she had met on Facebook, prompting him to kill her.
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The indictment noted that the father perceived his daughter's behavior as promiscuous and damaging to the family's honor.
Earlier in July, the father invited his daughter, who has been living with her mother, to visit him. During the visit, which lasted several days, the daughter sent text messages to friends, expressing concern that her father might do her harm.
On July 21, the father invited his daughter and son to the roof of the family's three-story house for a barbecue. On the family roof, the daughter expressed her wishes to return home, but the father declined.
As the two were talking, the father suddenly grabbed the charcoal lighter fluid and sprayed her with it over the barbecue fire, resulting in "the daughter instantly catching fire," the indictment said.
The teen then got up and within a matter of seconds, as her entire body is in flames, fell over the banister to the ground, hitting a staircase.
The indictment noted that the girl had died as a result of the fall, but did not specify what led to her fall. When found, her body was covered with third-degree burns.
After people started to crowd around the body, and emergency forces arrived at the scene, the father told his son, according to the indictment, "If anyone with the police asks what happened, say I told her not to play with the lighter fluid."
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