Seven migrants arrested after homeless man was set on fire on Christmas Eve at a Berlin subway station

Gareth Davies — Daily Mail Dec 27, 2016

Seven migrants have been arrested after a homeless man was set on fire on Christmas Eve at a Berlin subway station.

The men, aged 15 to 21, are suspected of torching the victim as he slept on a platform bench at Schönleinstraße station.

Six of the suspects are Syrian and one is Lybian and an attempted murder investigation has been launched.

Thomas Neuendorf, the vice chief of the press office at Berlin Police, told Bild that detectives believe the 21-year-old to have been the main perpetrator.

He, along with his alleged accomplices, were arrested on yesterday.

After torching the homeless man, the suspected assailants hopped onto a train to make their getaway.

CCTV footage captured them watching and laughing as the man was burning on the platform.

It appeared they were celebrating, according to local press.

Remarkably, the victim escaped almost unscathed, thanks to the rapid intervention of several witnesses.

The incident happened metres away from the spot a woman was kicked down the stairs of another subway station in the city.

A Bulgarian man is suspected of attacking the woman at Hermannstraße station – the next stop along from where the homeless man was set alight.

The attack, in October, was captured on video and when it went viral earlier this month the prime suspect, Svetoslav Stoykov, 27, fled to France, where he hid with relatives in Nice.

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CCTV footage of the shocking attack, which showed a man kicking an unsuspecting woman down the stairs at an underground station while he casually smoked a cigarette while holding a bottle of beer, went around the world.

After the video went viral, a €2,000 (£1,677) reward was offered by bodyguard Michael Kuehr, 54, who worked for Lady Gaga and Charlize Theron.

Under German criminal law, Stoykov could face anywhere from six months to 10 years in prison if convicted of having inflicted grievous bodily injury.

Although the motive for the most recent attack is not clear, Germany has been rocked by terror this year, heaping pressure on chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door immigration policy.

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