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British tourist set on fire

Published 07/08/2009

A British tourist who was set on fire was recovering in a private clinic in Crete today after he allegedly pulled down his trousers in front of a Greek woman.



Stuart Feltham, 23, from Swindon, Wiltshire, suffered second-degree burns after a 26-year-old woman allegedly poured a highly flammable alcoholic drink over him and set fire to him with a lighter.

The woman will appear in court today in the city of Iraklion, in northern Crete, charged with assault.

According to reports, she said she was acting in self-defence after the man exposed himself to a number of women in a bar, then fondled her against her wishes.

The story has made national headlines in Greece, where some have hailed the woman as a heroine.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that in the early hours of Tuesday a 23-year-old British male national was assaulted in Crete.

"We understand he suffered burns on his chest and abdomen.

"He has been receiving consular assistance."

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