Man burns down girlfriend’s car after relationship ended

Friday, February 6, 2009
Issue 604, Page 2
Word count: 262
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The man who allegedly set fire to a car near the Red Market earlier this week was arrested by the Judiciary Police (PJ) yesterday.

The suspect, a 39-year-old Macau resident surnamed Leong, was the boyfriend of the car owner, PJ spokesman said.

The arson occurred at about 5am on Monday where the black car parked in Rua do Padre Joao Climaco was “severely burnt down”.

The spokesman said the man wanted to “take revenge” on his girlfriend after she broke up with him.

The couple had a “fierce argument” late last month due to the suspect’s drinking problem and was jobless, and afterwards the woman moved back to her mother’s home in the Red Market area, the spokesman added.

Since then the suspect kept calling his girlfriend hoping to “save the relationship” but was rejected.

At about 4pm on January 31 the woman parked her car near Sacred Heart Canossian College, and when she returned a few hours later the car was reportedly missing.

As the man still had the car key the victim and police did interrogate whether he was involved, however at that time the suspect denied having driven away the car.

On Monday morning the PJ spokesman said the suspect drove the car to the Red Market and then lit some paper and threw it inside the car’s back seats.

The vehicle was only left with the frame, and the seats and mechanical parts were all destroyed.

The woman claimed to have lost 105,000 patacas.

The spokesman said the suspect had history of using illicit drugs and prohibited weapons.

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