Estonian court takes into custody refugee man suspected of burning wife ({{commentsTotal}})

The incident took place in Majaka Street in Tallinn's Lasnamäe borough.
The incident took place in Majaka Street in Tallinn's Lasnamäe borough. Source: (Hanna Samoson/ERR)

Harju County Court on Friday took a Syrian man who arrived in the country as a refugee into custody for preliminary investigation after he was suspected of setting his wife on fire.

North District Prosecutor's Office spokesperson Kaarel Kallas told ERR that based on initial evidence, it is most likely that this constituted a crime. Other possible scenarios initially included an accident or suicide attempt.

On Tuesday evening, 22-year-old Syrian woman who had arrived in Estonia as a refugee sustained severe burns in her home. She was transported to the hospital from her Majaka Street apartment at 5:30 p.m.

According to North District Prosecutor Saskia Kask, her 19-year-old Syrian husband and their infant child were in the apartment with her when she sustained the burns.

Kask noted that a criminal investigation has been initiated under the paragraph of Estonia's Penal Code addressing the causing of serious health damage through negligence. The woman is currently listed in serious condition.

The Syrian family arrived in Estonia from Greece last June under the EU migrant relocation plan.

Editor: Aili Vahtla