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Maria del Carmen GarciaSpain – The woman who set fire to her 13-year-old daughter’s rapist has started her five-and-a-half year prison sentence for his murder.

In 1998, Maria del Carmen Garcia’s daughter was raped by Antonio Soriano. In 2005, Soriano was on a three day pass when he stopped in a bar for some coffee. On the way to the bar, he made a very bad decision as he walked past Garcia.

He reportedly shouted at Garcia: “How’s your daughter?”

Garcia ended up following Soriano into the bar and turning him into a screaming torch. According to the bar’s owner:

“Soriano was standing at the bar very close to me when the woman walked in. She didn’t acknowledge anyone but walked up to Soriano, who was drinking a coffee, put her hand on his shoulder and turned him round to face her.

“Then she pulled the bottle she was carrying from under her arm and began to tip it over him. At first I didn’t realise what was happening, but then I smelt the petrol. I jumped up and tried to grab her, but when she struck a match I got clear.”

Garcia would be apprehended later that day. As for Soriano, well that child rapist suffered burns to 60% of his body. He would die in a hospital 11 agonizing days later.

García was eventually sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison for killing Soriano, but had that sentence reduced to five-and-a-half years because of a temporary mental disorder she claimed was a direct result of her daughter being raped.

In 2006 she was granted a conditional release, but the High Court of Justice of Valencia ruled that the sentence would stand and ordered Garcia be placed in immediate custody to start serving her time. This was despite public outcry, appeals for a reprieve, requests to postpone her sentence and petitions to have Garcia pardoned.

Her lawyer has submitted a third request for the court to suspend its decision that will be heard on June 4. I’m not one for vigilante justice  – mainly because most of you are too dumb to be driving, much less doling out justice. But I’m hoping that third appeal is successful, and that Garcia is able to go home.

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