Date
18 January 2017
The boy (inset) is transported in a police van after he tried to set himself on fire in Tamar Park. Photos: Xinhua, Apple Daily
The boy (inset) is transported in a police van after he tried to set himself on fire in Tamar Park. Photos: Xinhua, Apple Daily

Smitten boy tries to burn himself after failing to win back girl

A smitten high school student set himself on fire after failing to win back his girlfriend.

The 17-year-old boy was taken to Queen Mary Hospital with severe burns to his right hand, Apple Daily reports.

The teen was spotted by a security guard in Tamar Park as he lay on the ground, soaked in paint thinner.

Two bottles of the highly combustible chemical were found nearby.

The guard stopped the boy before the fire could spread to his body but his hand had already been burned, the report said.

The apparent suicide attempt followed an incident in which the boy tried to patch things up with his girlfriend with whom he had broken up in November after going steady for three months.

The two are classmates in Tin Shui Wai Government Secondary School where they met last year.  

He had wanted to get back together with the girl but she repeatedly refused.

On Thursday, the two met in Tin Shing Court in Tin Shui Wai where the girl lives and the boy again pleaded with her to come back.

When she again refused, he became angry and tried to smother her face with cloth soaked in paint thinner, the report said, citing investigators.

The boy fled when neighbors heard the commotion as the girl frantically knocked on doors.

The boy emerged in Tamar Park a few hours later with the soiled cloth and two bottles of paint thinner and proceeded to light a fire.

The girl went to hospital with her mother and was discharged after making a medical report.

The boy was arrested from Queen Mary Hospital that night on the basis of the report.

Investigators said the boy suffers from mood disorder.

Kwok Kin-wa, principal of Tin Shui Wai Government Secondary School, said the boy is quiet and does fairly well in class.

The boy frequently visited the girl even after the breakup as their families know each other.

He had shown no signs of erratic behavior in the weeks before the incident, the report said.

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