Japanese man sentenced for torching his wedding hotel

March 13th, 2009 - 4:34 am ICT by IANS  

RIA Novosti
Tokyo, March 13 (RIA Novosti) A court in Kofu Thursday sentenced a Japanese man to five years in jail for setting on fire a hotel where his wedding was to be held, local media reported. Tatsuhiko Kawata, 40, was convicted of arson as he spilled about seven liters of gasoline in the hotel in Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture in October last year. The blaze damaged about eight sq meters of the hotel’s property, japantoday.com said.

No one was injured in the incident but some 150 people staying at the hotel were evacuated.

Kawata, who had been a married man since 1994, dated the other woman for about three years and promised to marry her. He told the police that he wanted to postpone the wedding ceremony until he decided on which woman to choose.

However, the police believe he was attempting to conceal the fact that he was married. In Japan, wedding ceremonies can be held before a marriage is officially registered.

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