A jealous ex-husband allegedly emptied a bottle of lighter fluid all
over his ex-wife and set fire to her – leaving her with horrific burns
all over her body
Rungruedee Sithibut is lucky to be alive after 30 per cent of her skin
was torched in the horrific incident, which happened in Thepkrasattri,
in Thaland District, Phuket Province, Thailand, yesterday.
According to Daily Mirror, officers said the 43-year-old victim is still
in nearby Thalang Hospital where doctors continue to work on her
battered and burned body following the attack at a nursery school where
she works as a cleaner.
Captain Kraisorn Boonprasop of Thalang Police said:
“Mr Somkuan came to Thepkrasattri Municipality Kindergarten to meet with Ms Rungruedee at about noon.
“Ms Rungruedee was working when Mr Somkuan turned up on a motorbike. He
shouted for her before he went inside the building. He poured fuel on
her from a glass bottle and lit her on fire.
“Ms Rungruedee ran into the teachers’ room and doused herself with water from the bathroom, but Mr Somkuan followed her.
“There were five teachers inside the room, but they were too frightened of Mr Somkuan to restrain him.
“Instead, they called the police and after Mr Somkuan left they helped Ms Rungruedee.
“Ms Rungruedee has not filed any formal complaint as she is still in
hospital, but already because of the nature of this attack police must
“Police are now tracking down Somkuan to face legal action. He is a Phuket native and we believe he is still on the island.”
Police added there was a history of domestic abuse between the pair and
have been called out to them before – but this was the worst attack.
It is believed the ex-husband regularly keeps tabs on his ex-wife and
cannot stand the fact they split up, regularly working himself up in a
rage believing her to be with other men.