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A British man who allegedly doused his former lover in petrol and set fire to her has been arrested in Thailand, it has been reported. Gary Iredale, 52, from Blackpool, set fire to Nguyen Hang at a tailor shop in Hanoi Vietnam. The horrific attack left the single mother fighting for her life having suffered severe burns to 70 percent of her body. It is claimed that Iredale flew into a fit of rage after Ms Hang told him their relationship was over after she met someone else. Iredale, who operated a vending machine business in Hanoi, had been on the run since the attack took place on Monday. Vietnamese news site GVTT reports that Iredale was arrested in Thailand on Thursday and is due to be extradited to Vietnam to face charges. No further details of Iredale’s arrest have been reported.
A witness named Alan Nicholls is “It was the most shocking thing I’ve ever seen.
“This guy came into the shop, wearing a face mask, and threw petrol over the woman and the rest of the shop and set her on fire. It’s rocked the local community to its core.”
Meanwhile, Brit Ben Evans who lives in the same apartment block as Iredale told MailOnline he had known Iredale for 18 months and described him as a “normal guy”.
Mr Evans said a friend of his witnessed Iredale taking ecstasy and LSD on the night before the attack.
“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,” MailOnline reports Mr Evans as saying.
“He was never short of partners over the time I knew him, all local Vietnamese women, and seemed a popular guy with his peers,” he said.
“Over the past few months, he’s had family troubles at home with aging parents and regularly goes home to see them, usually a few weeks at a time.”
Local media reports that Ms Hang remains in a coma.