A jealous husband had an argument with his wife after picking her up from work – then doused her in paint thinner and set her on fire in his CAR.
Furious Somboon Phondee, 42, was seen rowing with his partner Sophitta, 39, outside the Marriott Marquis hotel in a red light district in Bangkok, Thailand.
They were shouting on the steps of the plush hotel, before he dragged her into the front seat of his car and drove off.
Moments later witnesses saw a ”puff of smoke” and a fireball in the front passenger seat.
Horrified onlookers put out the flames and dragged the badly burned woman, a hotel worker, from the car before she collapsed on the tarmac yesterday morning.
The man – also on fire – clambered out of the driver’s door and sat on the pavement in the popular tourist street Sukhumvit Soi 22 – home to dozens of bars, prostitutes, massage parlous and nightclubs.
Shocked witness Ponny Piranthip, 42, who works at a bar opposite where the fire happened, said: ”The poor girl was very badly burned, poor her. She was screaming and crying. It was so very very bad.
”People were running to get water and a fire extinguisher to help her. And they put the fire out in the car and on the man.
”The man was burned too. He sat there on the pavement and then the woman said something about what he had done.
”Some motorcycle taxi riders stood next to him and waited for the police to come. He was taken away in an ambulance different to the girl. She looked like she was in a very bad way.
”I’m shocked, so very shocked. People said that the man was jealous, that they had been arguing because he thought she had been talking with other men. They were arguing in the street.
”We see people arguing all the time but nothing like this.”
Horrific footage shows the aftermath of the car fire as passersby use fire extinguishers to douse the flames.
The man is seen sitting bare-footed on the ground with his face, shoulders and face burned.
Police arrived and found empty beer bottles and beer cans an iPhone and a cigarette lighter on the front seat of the white Toyota Corolla.
They said that the man had doused his wife in highly-flammable thinner fluid before setting her alight.
Rescue worker Khun Krit said: ”The jealous husband covered his wife in paint thinner fluid then burned her in his car. It was an atrocity.
”It took about ten minutes to put out all of the flames. We found beer bottles and beer cans littering the floor.
”The passenger’s seat was almost completely destroyed and the driver’s seat was damaged just a little bit.
”Good Samaritans put out the flames and took the woman from the car. Witnesses said that the two had been fighting each other. That the man was jealous of other men.
”CCTV from the area is being collected to investigate the incident. People from nearby businesses knew the couple, they said that they had jealous arguments regularly.”
A spokesman for the Royal Thai Police said they have arrested the man but they are currently reviewing the incident to see what the charges should be.