Syrian Refugee Gets Two Weeks’ Detention For Fire Attack On Homeless Man

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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A Berlin court convicted a 17-year-old Syrian refugee Tuesday for setting fire to a homeless man on the Berlin subway on Christmas Day.

The man was sentenced to two weeks of juvenile detention and community service. His pre-trial detention will count toward the sentence, and he is expected to skip the penalty altogether.

The man was not directly involved in the incident, but admitted he did nothing to help the homeless man after realizing he was on fire. Six other suspects are accused of the attempted murder.

The group allegedly lit objects and waved them next to the homeless man, a 37-year-old Polish citizen, who was sleeping on a bench. The man’s possessions bursted into flames and was only rescued by passengers from an incoming train. He sustained no physical injuries but lost all his belongings in the fire.

The “ringleader,” a 21-year-old Syrian, is the only one to be tried as an adult. He claims he doesn’t remember anything from the incident because he was drunk. He will face at least three years in jail if found guilty.

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