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1/20/2018 05:16:00 PM
Jealous Brit expat Gary Iredale 'doused former lover in petrol and set her on fire leaving her with burns to 70% of body'

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT: Gary Iredale is accused of torching Nguyen Hang after she split up with him and he suspected she was seeing another man.

A British expat has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of dousing his former lover in petrol and setting her on fire in a jealous rage.

The suspect, named locally as businessman Gary Iredale, 52, is accused of torching Nguyen Hang, 23, in front of at least one young child after she split up with him and he suspected she was seeing someone else.

Ms Hang suffered burns to at least 70 per cent of her body and is in a critical condition in a hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, where her family are praying that she will survive.

Iredale, from Blackpool, allegedly fled Hanoi to Thailand, where he was arrested by police who were alerted by their counterparts in Vietnam, it was reported.

Nguyen Hang has suffered burns to at least 70 per cent of her body

The incident was captured by CCTV inside the tailor shop

Ms Hang was set on fire in front of a young child, it was reported

The vending machine boss is accused of trying to kill Ms Hang on Monday at the tailor shop she owned, the website GVTT reported.

Almost her entire face and much of her body has been wrapped in bandages as she is treated for horrific injuries in hospital.

It was reported that Iredale flew to Thailand and authorities in Vietnam, who issued an arrest warrant, believed he could be hiding there or in the Philippines.

He was arrested in Thailand on Thursday and is due to be returned to Hanoi to face charges, GVTT reported.

Iredale and Ms Hang had been together for about a year before she ended their relationship.

Ms Hang's family are praying that she will survive

Ms Hang, a single mum-of-one, became a "human torch" when she was set on fire, GVTT reported.

Neighbours extinguished the flames and she was rushed to hospital.

The suspect had his face covered and arrived on a motorbike when Ms Hang and her shop were doused in petrol and set alight, it was claimed.

Ms Hang's brother-in-law Minh Duong Hoang told MailOnline: "Nguyen is very badly hurt. My wife and her mother are with her in hospital in Hanoi. I am going to see her tomorrow. We are praying that she will survive.'"

Expat Alan Nicholls was in the shop with his wife and daughter at the time and circulated Iredale's photo on Facebook before he was arrested.

The alleged attack on Ms Hang was witnessed by at least one young child

He wrote on Facebook: "The shop [where Ms Hang] worked with my wife was turned into a fireball. My wife and baby were in the shop as well.

"Both have minor burns. [Ms Hang] has 60% of her body and face burned, third degree."

Mr Nicholls reportedly helped police identify a suspect from airport CCTV.

The website Tuoi Tre reported that Ms Hang was in a coma and had suffered burns to 70 per cent of her body.

Her mum Le Thi Hoa told Xahoi that she is extremely worried about her daughter's condition, and she doesn't know what happened because the young woman is unable to speak.

The shop where the alleged attack is said to have occurred

She said her daughter had never told her anything about the foreign man accused of attacking her.

Iredale's neighbour, Ben Evans, from Liverpool, said he has known the Brit for 18 months, describing him as a "normal guy" and gym enthusiast who ran a vending machine business.

He said he heard Iredale yelling at a woman and then saw him ushering her out of the apartment building on Sunday morning, telling her "F*** off, get the f*** out."

Later that night he heard loud music from the flat and on Monday morning saw Iredale, who has dual British and Australian citizenship, screaming in the street.

Ms Hang is in a burn department at a local hospital

Mr Evans told Philippines Lifestyle News: "We watched Gary from our balcony chasing a stray dog, shouting all sorts of obscenities at the dog.

"This led him to arguing with an elderly Vietnamese gentleman, who had absolutely no idea what the hell was going on."

Mr Evans said his girlfriend bumped into Gary in a communal area, where tenants park their motorbikes, after the alleged attack.

He added: "She said nothing was out of the ordinary, a few conversational pleasantries and she drove off to work.

"He was also leaving the apartment block."

Ms Hang's mother Le Thi Hoa speaks to reporters at the hospital

Mr Evans said his partner returned home a few hours later and was greeted by a police officer who was asking questions about Iredale and had a photo of him.

The couple found out about Ms Hang's injuries on Tuesday afternoon when Mr Nicholls' son called to deliver the awful news.

Mr Evans claims one of his friends was with Iredale on Sunday night, and the businessman allegedly took ecstasy and LSD.

He added: "My friend said Gary was upset about his Vietnamese girlfriend not wanting to be with him anymore - and said he had problems with his elderly parents back home in the UK.

"He was never short of partners over the time I knew him, all local Vietnamese women, and seemed a popular guy with his peers."

Credits: Mirror


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