Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Youth arrested after allegedly setting woman alight

By Tarryn Le Chat
17 October 2006

Nineteen-year-old Ashwin Hammers, who was arrested over the weekend on a provisional charge of attempted murder after allegedly setting a Strand woman alight, has appeared in a Magistrates Court there.

Monique Martin, also 19, was drenched in petrol and set alight in the bedroom of her Elijah Ville home by two youth after a quarrel broke out over a cell phone last Thursday.

Martin was admitted to Tygerberg Hospital’s burn unit were her condition is still unsatisfactory.

Police spokesperson, Billy Jones, said that Hammers was remanded after appearing briefly in the Strand Magistrates Court.

According to Jones, the arrest of the second youth was imminent as the suspect is still at large.

According to Martie Carstens, public relations officer for Tygerberg Hospital, Martin’s family did not want the details of her condition divulged.

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