Man imprisoned after setting himself alight

A 28-year-old man who set himself alight last year after having his application for asylum rejected, sustaining serious injuries, has been convicted of arson.

The man was on Tuesday sentenced to a year’s imprisonment by an appeals court after Växjö district court had previously decided to acquit.

The then 26-year-old man set himself alight in April 2009 in a Migration Board (Migrationsverket) detention centre in Alvesta in central Sweden.

He sustained serious burns and his life was long in the balance as a result of his injuries.

The man took the drastic course of action after having finished talking with his administrator. He proceeded to lock himself into a toilet, poured petrol over his head and set himself alight.

“After a while a bang was heard and the man came out of the toilet like a walking torch,” said Fredrik Svärd at Kronobergs police to news agency TT at the time.

Staff at the centre managed to extinguish the fire, but the man had already sustained serious injuries.

The man was rushed to Växjö hospital and was later treated for his injuries at the burns unit at Linköping University Hospital.

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