The charge of attempted murder was heard by a man who set fire to a caravan in Olsztyn. His friend was sleeping inside. The woman was saved by accidental passers-by. It was they who helped stop the arsonist. The man was drunk. When he sobered up, he pleaded guilty.
The press officer of the police in Olsztyn, sub-commissioner Rafał Prokopczyk informed the media that there was a fire in the vicinity of ul. Poprzeczna in Olsztyn last Thursday.
– The emergency services received information about a fire in a caravan located near the apartment building. Several fire brigades, the police and an ambulance were commissioned to handle the event. The caravan burned to the ground, and as a result of the fire, the façade of the neighboring building, which was inhabited by several people at the time of the incident, was also damaged – said the policeman.
The witnesses saved the woman
As it was established, a 33-year-old woman who had previously hosted a 50-year-old man was sleeping in the trailer.
– The injured person was the first to come by accidental witnesses, they broke the door from the burning trailer and pulled the terrified woman out of there – Prokopczyk said. And he added that while some witnesses were saving the woman, others at the same time, at a nearby bus stop, arrested the perpetrator of the arson. The man smelled of alcohol. Witnesses held the arsonist until the police arrived and handed him over to investigators.
“He wanted to cut off the woman’s escape from the death trap”
Detained after sobering up, he was questioned. – The 50-year-old tried to explain his behavior by arguing with his friend before setting fire to the trailer. The collected evidence shows that the man was aware that the woman was in the trailer and still decided to set fire to the vehicle – reported the policeman. The inspection at the scene – according to the investigators – showed that the source of fire was under the door of the trailer. – By acting in this way, the perpetrator wanted to cut off the woman’s possible escape route from the death trap – emphasized Prokopczyk.
The 50-year-old is charged with attempted murder, for which he faces up to 25 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to the charge. The court arrested him for three months.
Main photo source: KMP Olsztyn