A nurse who admitted to using his cigarette lighter to set his colleagues on fire as they were filling alcohol bottles has baffled a court by withdrawing his statement.
Horrific CCTV footage of the inferno on 10th December last year shows accused Onder Erarslan at a nurses’ station with two colleagues.
Without warning, the alcohol they are handling bursts into flames, engulfing both of Erarslan’s colleagues in fire.
One – Gizem Elif Turk – is seen screaming in agony on the floor at Zonguldak Bulent Ecevit University Hospital, Turkey, as people try desperately to put out the flames.
As she wails in pain, she can be heard shouting: “Help me, I’m dying.”
She spent 52 days in hospital recovering from severe burns, the court heard.
Erarslan, now on trial for causing the blaze, recently baffled the court by contradicting his previous version of events.
He had previously told the court: “I went out for a cigarette before the incident. Inside, I pressed the magnetic part of the lighter in my hand without realising it. I didn’t notice it.”
But during the most recent hearing, he claimed: “I didn’t have a lighter in my hand, it suddenly caught fire. I don’t know how it happened. The lighter was in my pocket.”
Both victims had told the court that moments before the fire, Erarslan had asked them: “Is the alcohol pure or watery?”
He had then allegedly said: “Shall I burn you.”
Erarslan has denied these allegations.
Gizem took to social media after the most recent hearing to label Erarslan’s statement “false” and declared: “God’s justice is infallible.”
The next hearing will take place in March next year.