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Dad burned to death on same spot as brother; Family anguish after father commits suicide by setting himself on fire.

Byline: PAUL SUART

A TORMENTED dad died after setting fire to himself in the exact spot where his brother had committed suicide, an inquest in Birmingham heard.

Father-of-two Tarvijay Singh Pawar walked into Cambridge Street, Wolverhampton, and poured petrol over his clothes before setting himself alight.

Two taxi drivers used the fire extinguishers from their cabs to try to put out the flames which had engulfed him and alerted the emergency services. Paramedics rushed Mr Pawar, 30, and of Prestwood Road, Wolverhampton, to the city's New Cross Hospital with extensive burns all over his body.

He was then transferred to the specialist burns unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Edgbaston, where he was pronounced dead a short time later on March 26 last year.

Fire investigator Martin Hyett told the inquest at Birmingham Coroners Court how a history check on the specific location threw up an almost identical incident involving Mr Pawar's older brother Rajesh in January 2004.

"I can't be certain about the thoughts or the motive other than some relation to the previous incident that took the life of his brother," he said.

The court heard how Mr Pawar had started a course of anti-depressants after the death of his brother, to whom he was said to have been very close, but that he came off the medication early.

Meena Chang told the court she had no reason to believe her brother wanted to kill himself until a conversation with Sarbjit Kaur, his ex-partner and mother of their children, shortly after he died.

"She told me that he had said he wanted to do the same thing that his brother did," she said.

Fighting back tears, she said: "My eldest brother took his own life and I guess it was hard for him.

"He decided to do what he did and I can't blame him for doing it."

Deputy assistant coroner Michael Snell recorded an open verdict.

He said: "I'm satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that he did take his own life. "I'm not, however, satisfied that is what he intended to do. His mind was so deranged, he did it without appreciating the full extent of his actions."

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TORMENTED DAD: Tarvijay Singh Pawar with his niece and ex-wife Sarbjit Kaur, below.
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