According to the well-founded suspicion, in August 2022, while drinking together in a Szombathely parking lot, the man lit the bandages on the legs of a fellow homeless person with a lighter, who suffered such severe burns that he died in October 2022 despite lengthy hospital treatment. The man’s death can be linked to the burns he suffered and the resulting multi-organ failure.
In October 2022, the suspect injured another friend with a knife at the homeless shelter in Szombathely, who suffered an injury that healed within eight days, and two weeks later poured something on him and then set fire to a third friend who suffered serious burns.
Due to the risk of recidivism and escape, the prosecutor’s office proposed the arrest of the man in custody, who is suspected of the crime of assault causing death, the crime of aggravated assault, and the crime of attempted assault.
The recidivist murderer was accused of particular cruelty
On Tuesday, the Capital City Court sentenced a man to life imprisonment, not legally binding, for setting fire to his fellow homeless man. According to the facts established by the court of first instance in accordance with the charges, on August 10, 2008, in the evening hours of August 10, 2008, the homeless man got into an argument with an acquaintance who was also homeless, they got into a fight, and then the accused doused the victim with flammable liquid and set him on fire. The victim suffered serious burns and was taken to hospital, but died of his injuries two days later.
The Metropolitan Court sentenced the man to life imprisonment as a special recidivist due to murder committed with particular cruelty, and excluded him from parole.
According to MTI, the court assessed the passage of time as a mitigating factor, and the defendant’s criminal record as an aggravating factor. In justifying the actual life sentence, the court pointed out that the accused had not committed homicide for the first time. The first-instance verdict was acknowledged by the prosecutor’s office, the accused and his lawyer appealed, so it is not legally binding.