VIENNA – An Austrian court has convicted a man for killing his in-laws by setting them on fire with a homemade flame-thrower.
The court in the southern city of Graz sentenced the 49-year-old, who was not identified by name, to 12 years in prison for the October 2008 incident.
The woman burned to death in her bed, while her husband's body was found on a bench outside their home in the village of St. Magdalena am Lemberg. The woman's lower legs had been amputated due to diabetes-related complications. Both victims were 84 years old.
The man, who tried to commit suicide afterward, told the court Thursday that his father-in-law had verbally abused him. The ruling has been appealed.