Woman ‘torched Briton’s genitals’

A Greek woman accused of setting fire to the genitals of a British tourist in Crete is due to appear in court.

The woman admitted assault after dousing the man’s private parts in alcohol and igniting them, but says she did so after being sexually harassed.

Police on the Greek island say the tourist was drunk and had waved his genitals at several girls before allegedly groping the suspect.

The man suffered second degree burns and is recovering in a private clinic.

The 26-year-old suspect handed herself over to police, claiming she had acted in self defence.

She has won praise on Crete for what has been seen as defending her honour.

Little sympathy

According to police the 23-year-old tourist was drunk when he dropped his trousers in a nightclub in the resort of Malia.

The suspect, who has not been named, said she doused the man in Sambuca and torched him after she asked him to stop harassing her and he failed to stop.

She will be questioned by an investigating magistrate in the city of Iraklion.

The case has been widely discussed on Greek television, and there has been precious little sympathy for the young Briton, said our correspondent.

He added that many Greeks are sickened by British bad behaviour in Malia and other resorts.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that in the early hours of Tuesday a 23-year-old British male national was assaulted in Crete.

“We understand he suffered burns on his chest and abdomen.

“He has been receiving consular assistance.”

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