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VIDEO: Horrific moment homeless man burned alive while sleeping

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A homeless man was burned alive after another man poured petrol all over him and set him on fire as he slept on a street in the city of Palermo, southern Italy.

CCTV footage captured the man throwing a bucket full of liquid on 45-year-old Marcello Cimino as he slept on a mattress right outside a soup kitchen for the homeless called Mission San Francesco.

The man was shown wearing black from head to toe with a hood covering his head.

When Cimino moved, the man than pulled out a lighter and set light to the mattress, causing a huge explosion. Cimino was dead by the time emergency services arrived to the scene.

Italian news website Corriere reported that police arrested 45-year-old Giuseppe Pecoraro, a petrol station worker, after he confessed to the killing.

Pecoraro allegedly committed the crime because he believed the homeless man was having an affair with his separated wife.

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