A 12-year-old boy suspected of killing a homeless man in Serbia by setting him on fire was questioned by police but later released, the daily Blic reported Thursday.

The boy, accompanied by two other children, allegedly threw a lit newspaper on the 64-year-old man, who was sleeping in the open at 4 am local time (0300 GMT) early Tuesday in the city of Novi Sad.

The man’s mattress and clothes caught fire and he suffered fatal burns, the report said.

All three suspects, including the boy identified as the perpetrator, were released to their parents because they are too young to be held criminally accountable, Blic reported, citing police.

Under Serbian law, a minor can be charged for major crimes, including murder, after they turn 14, Olivera Zecevic of the interior ministry delinquent department told state TV RTS.

GNA

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