Teen torcher wore 'Harry Potter' watch

  February 4, 2004 at 11:56 AM ET
  Cheeser     HPANA (via The Australian)

A teenager who squirted flammable liquid on a 12-year-old boy and set him on fire was wearing a gold Harry Potter watch at the time of the incident, according to The Australian. Police are still looking for the teen, who scorched the young boy when he wouldn't hand over his wallet containing $5 and a house key.

When he refused to hand over the wallet he was kicked to the ground, squirted with liquid from a blue sports bottle and set alight, police said.

[The boy] was treated at Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane for burns to his chest, stomach, arms, hands and fingers and was allowed to go home yesterday.

"He's having nightmares. They've had to sedate him," the boy's emotional mother told reporters. "He's just so frightened they are going to come back and get him."

The attacker was described as aged between 12 and 17, thin with a muscular build. He was dressed in a black shirt, black trousers and black boots with no laces and his face was covered with a navy blue balaclava.

Yesterday, The Australian reportedopens in new window the youth was also riding a BMX bicycle and BMX gloves and carried a black backpack with "Eminem" written on it in liquid paper. And here's another reportopens in new window, with a picture of the victim.


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