T&T man torches himself after argument with wife

Dead: Derron Phillips
Dead: Derron Phillips (Trinidad Express photo)

In a fit of rage after an argument with his wife, a La Brea, Trinidad man committed suicide by setting himself on fire inside the family home; the house was also destroyed, according to a report in the Trinidad Express.

The remains of Derron Phillips was found in the ashes of the home at Coffee Street.

The tragedy was witnessed by Phillips’ neighbours, the Trinidad Express reported.

In video shot of the house while it still burned, a woman is heard saying: “The boy lit himself afire and ran into the house. He is cremating right now. He made up his mind to do what he has to do. He is somewhere underneath the galvanize”.

According to the Trinidad Express, Police were told that Phillips had an argument with his wife and at around 5.45 p.m. he doused himself with a liquid and ran into his wooden house.

Within minutes the entire house caught afire and was gutted by the flames.

La Brea police and Point Fortin fire officers responded to the scene.

A district medical officer viewed the remains and they were taken to the San Fernando mortuary, the Express reported.


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