Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Man charged over blowtorch attack

A Puerto Rico man burned his parents and seven other relatives with a blowtorch

Attempted murder charges have been filed against a Puerto Rico man who police say burned his parents and seven other relatives with a blowtorch.

Justino Sanchez Diaz, 45, called a family meeting on Saturday at his parents' home in the northern town of Florida, and then attacked, the island's Justice Department said.

The parents suffered severe burns and were in hospital in critical condition. The other seven were also being treated for their wounds but were not burned as severely.

The suspect was arrested and charged with nine counts of attempted murder.

The Justice Department did not speculate on a possible motive.

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