Man Appears in Court for Attempted Murder after Setting Wife on Fire in Drunken Argument

…By Roland Peterson for TDPel Media. A 38-year-old man has appeared in the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court in Free State, facing attempted murder charges.


The incident occurred when he allegedly poured petrol on his wife and set her on fire during a drunken argument at their home in A-Section Botshabelo.

Drunken Argument Turns Violent:

Dikgang Edward Lebetsa and his 36-year-old wife were drinking at home when a dispute arose over missing money.

According to Lieutenant-Colonel Thabo Covane, a spokesperson for the South African Police Service (SAPS), the argument escalated, resulting in the suspect assaulting his wife, causing her to fall to the ground.

Petrol Attack:

In a horrifying turn of events, the accused returned holding a container filled with petrol and proceeded to douse his wife with it.

The incident took place at approximately 21:00.

Fortunately, the victim managed to extinguish the flames by using a nearby water bucket.


However, her husband locked her inside the house, preventing her from seeking immediate medical attention.

Escape and Hospitalization:

The following morning, the victim managed to escape and sought treatment at a local hospital.

She reported the incident to the Botshabelo SAPS, leading to the arrest of her husband.

On Tuesday, he was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court again on 25 May.


This shocking incident of attempted murder highlights the dangers and consequences of domestic violence fueled by alcohol.

The victim’s bravery in extinguishing the flames and seeking help resulted in her escape from a potentially fatal situation.

The legal process will continue as the accused faces charges for his alleged actions.

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Roland Peterson is a seasoned and experienced writer with over 10 years of experience in the field. He has a special interest in news and has been writing about current events for many years. When he’s not busy writing, Roland enjoys spending time in nature and can often be found exploring the great outdoors. He also loves to relax and unwind by sipping coffee at his favorite coffee shop (Manhattan Espresso) while brainstorming ideas for his next article on TDPel Media. Roland is a dedicated writer who is passionate about delivering informative and engaging content to his readers. He lives in New York, USA.


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