Sunday, Mar 1, 2015Sunday, Mar 1, 2015

Sri Lankan asylum-seeker sets himself on fire in Australia

Published on Jun 2, 2014 10:56 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - A Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seeker has died after setting himself on fire while awaiting a visa decision in Australia, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday.

Leorsin Seemanpillai, 29, who was living in Geelong, outside Melbourne, after being granted a temporary visa a year ago, suffered burns to 90 per cent of his body after the incident on Saturday morning.

He died on Sunday in a Melbourne hospital.

"This man sadly died as a result of a very serious set of injuries that were self-inflicted," Morrison said.

If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here