Published On: Tue, May 23rd, 2023
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Boy, 11, doused in petrol and set on fire in locked shed by ‘jealous’ older children | World | News

An 11-year-old boy died after being locked in a shed by older children who set him on fire, according to reports. Albert Umbetyarov, a young judo star, was trapped in a shed in woods in the Dubovaya Roschcha region of Moscow following an argument on Friday. A witness told Argumenti the attackers had “used bats to beat him almost unconscious” before “dousing him in petrol”, and locking him in a shed and then setting him on fire.

The attackers were said to be aged between 13 and 15 and the entire incident was caught on camera by a group of girls who were said to have uploaded the footage online.

Another witness claimed he was attacked “out of envy” as a successful judo athlete who was “doing better than them”.

A local told media after the attack that “there was a fight… one of the younger children who witnessed it said that the victim was beaten at his knees so he couldn’t run, or even walk.”

One of the boys in the group ran away as the older children attacked Albert.

According to reports, children aged six and seven had been playing nearby and ran to find adults to get help after witnessing the incident.

The father of one of his friends said his son had left the scene before the horror and returned later to find Albert had been burned to death.

“At 7pm he called me in tears,” said the father, Alexey. “He told me: ‘My friend burned to death in the shed’. I went there. I saw the flames. There was no-one to be rescued by that time.”

He said that men had arrived with shovels to try to get through the blaze to save the child, but were too late.

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The boy’s judo coach, Alexander Tvanba, said Albert was “smart and very peaceful, he wouldn’t offend a fly. He was very hard-working, and never had any issues. He won several competitions.”

He said he thought Albert was unconscious during the attack, adding he was strong enough to escape if he was awake.

The Russian Investigative Committee said: “On May 19, 2023 children during a quarrel shut a boy inside a shed, locked the shed from outside, and nailed the door.

“Next a fire started. According to preliminary findings, [the fire started] inside the shed. Children could not open the door, and asked for help. When help arrived, the boy’s body was found inside the burned shed.”

The committee’s head Alexander Bastrykin said this month that a “general rise in crime is underway” in Russia, reports MailOnline.

“We see a trend when serious and particularly grave offences are being committed by children.”

He also highlighted “an increasing tendency of extremist crimes committed by young people” with a “sharp increase” in 2022 and 2023 “after the onset of the special military operation” in Ukraine.

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