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article imageFive Japanese teenagers arrested for setting fire to homeless man

By Chris V. Thangham     Aug 6, 2007 in Crime
A 52 year old homeless man was set on fire by five teenage boys at a park in Tokyo’s Kita Ward. He was severely burnt and hospitalized. The teenagers were quoted as saying, “Let’s clean up the garbage”.
Five teenage boys including three first year high school students in Tokyo were arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a 52 year old homeless man at a park in Tokyo’s Kita Ward in May.
According to the Police, the arrested teenagers are also believed to have repeatedly harassed a number of homeless people since April of this year.
One of the teens told the police that homeless people do not contribute anything to society and they are just like dogs and cats. He was quoted saying: "I don't care if they are alive or dead."
The investigation found that the homeless janitor was lying on a park bench and the teenagers set a plastic bag full of oil on fire and threw it over the man. They told the homeless man, “Let’s clean up the garbage.”
The homeless man had burn injuries 30% of his body and is listed in severe condition. The man usually sleeps in Internet café but at that particular day he chose to sleep in the park and had to go through this ordeal.
This kind of violence seems to happen all around the world, hurting a harmless person seems to give them strength, now these students will face prison term and a possible damage to their future careers.
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