Crime

Mother Sets Fire to Daughter's Rapist

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A mother in Spain got the ultimate revenge on the man who raped her daughter -- she set him on fire, killing him. But now she is under arrest.

Back in 1998 a man named Antonio Cosme Velasco Soriano raped a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint. He was convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison.

According to a report in The Telegraph, earlier this month Soriano was free on a three-day pass and returned to his hometown of Benejúzar. While walking on the street he passed the mother of his rape victim, asking her, "How's your daughter?" in a taunting fashion. He then went into a bar.

That set the woman off. A short time later she entered the bar as well -- carrying a bottle of gasoline. She doused him with it and set him on fire.

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"The petrol was in a pool around Soriano, and she threw the match into it," said witness Antonio Ferrendez Lopez. "It ignited with a whoosh, and he screamed and staggered about covered in flames. As people rushed outside to escape the flames, she just looked at him, then turned and walked away."

Soriano suffered burns over 60% of his body. He managed to survive for eleven days, but died last Friday.

In the meantime, the woman ran off to a nearby city, but she was arrested the same night.

When she appeared in court the following day, she received a hero's welcome from a crowd which cheered "Bravo!" and "Well done!" A judge ordered her to be held in jail and undergo psychiatric testing.

The woman, whose name is not being released to protect the privacy of her daughter, has reportedly suffered from mental illness since the rape.

"For seven years she has been deeply affected by what was done to her daughter," her lawyer Joaquin Galant told The Sunday Telegraph. "This man, fresh from prison and asking how her daughter was, might be considered to have provoked her."

The woman's friends and neighbors are outraged that she is in jail. They have set up a petition demanding that she be released.