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article imageOne charged after man set ablaze

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 12, 2010 in Crime
Winnipeg - Family members of a Winnipeg man who was set on fire Friday evening, believe the attack was random. The man is in hospital in critical condition and a 19-year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault and robbery.
Gerald Dumas, 47, was attacked around 11:30 p.m. while walking alone through an alley. He was knocked down and a container with flammable liquid was removed from his pocket and poured over him.
When police arrived they found him in flames.
"He has very significant injuries to a large portion of his upper body. Both his skin and clothes were on fire," the Winnipeg Free Press quoted Const. Natalie Aitken, as saying. "This is definitely not common for our city, thankfully. It's an unbelievable event. We have no idea of a motive."
CBC News reported that police had to use a fire extinguisher before they could approach the man.
Dumas’ niece, Jessica Dumas, said that her uncle was so badly burned he is unable to communicate.
"The only way I recognize him is because I know him," CBC News quoted her as saying. "He's got no facial features. Like, you can't see his face at all. His tongue has been burnt."
Dumas's aunt, Joyce Spilchuk, described him as a “gentle giant” with two children, who didn’t look for trouble.
His sister, Charlene Dumas, said he was a friendly person who said ‘hi’ to people and might ask for a bit of change.
Gerald Dumas is the uncle of Matthew Dumas, who was shot and killed by police in 2005. Leon Dumas, a cousing of Matthew, was was shot dead while walking through a housing complex the next year.
The man charged with attacking Gerald Dumas is Gaston Leroy Genaille.
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