Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Man Arrested For Burning Down House Over Gundam Models
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: Anime News Network
[Stratu says: This man's response was reasonable and clearly justifiable, given the circumstances. What the devil was his mother thinking? Takabe-san should be awarded cash money to the estimated vakue of his destroyed collection so it can be replaced.]