Sophia woman on the run af­ter al­legedly torch­ing house as hus­band, son slept

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A pri­mary school teacher has gone into hid­ing af­ter be­ing ac­cused of set­ting her hus­band’s Sophia house on fire early yes­ter­day morn­ing while he and his 16-year-old son were asleep inside.

The fire be­gan around 12.30 am yes­ter­day and is sus­pected to be as a re­sult of an ar­gu­ment that Brucene Wal­ters had with her hus­band, Richard Wal­ters, on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

At the time of the fire, Richard and his son were asleep in the Lot 1419 Cum­ming’s Park, Sophia sin­gle-flat wooden struc­ture. How­ever, af­ter be­ing awak­ened by the smell of smoke and kerosene, the fa­ther and son man­aged to es­cape from the burn­ing build­ing.

Richard sus­tained mi­nor burns about his body and was taken to the Ge­orge­town Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

Mean­while, Brucene fled the scene dur­ing the fire and was up to last evening yet to be lo­cated.

Stabroek News un­der­stands that the cou­ple shared a “rocky” re­la­tion­ship and were known for hav­ing reg­u­lar ar­gu­ments.

A rel­a­tive, who wished not to be named, told this news­pa­per that the Wal­ters were in­volved in an ar­gu­ment around 5 pm on Mon­day af­ter Brucene re­port­edly de­stroyed some items be­long­ing to Richard. A re­port of this in­ci­dent was made to the po­lice at the Turkeyen Po­lice Sta­tion but the rel­a­tive said the po­lice failed to turn up. “They had some ar­gu­ment over the burn­ing of some ma­te­ri­als that Richard bought and he went to the po­lice and so and af­ter they didn’t come and things cool down, I hear the house on fire,” he ex­plained.

The rel­a­tive noted that he was at a friend’s house in the area when some­one told him that the house was on fire. He said by time he ar­rived at the scene, the house was com­pletely en­gulfed by flames. Noth­ing was saved.

The re­mains of the house af­ter the fire

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