2005-11-25 / Community

Man Sentenced For Setting Wife On Fire

ALAA AGINA A Far Rockaway man was sentenced to 11 years in prison Monday for a barbaric attack in which he beat his wife and tried to suffocate her – then stuffed pills down her throat and set her breasts on fire.

Alaa Agina, 43, began the vicious attack on his third wife, Sylvia Agina, 27, by forcing her to strip naked. He then bound her, tied a cord around her neck and taped a plastic bag over her head. Over the course of 12 hours, Alaa repeatedly stomped and kicked his wife before he forced pills down her throat, poured alcohol and oil on her breasts and set her on fire.

The attack happened inside the couple’s residence at 1256 Central Avenue in the presence of their 3-year-old daughter, Sabrina.

“The defendant’s violent conduct during a domestic dispute left his wife burnt, bruised and emotionally scarred and clearly showed that he is a threat to public safety,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said. Agina was arrested by officers from the 101 Precinct four days after the attack when his wife asked someone to contact the authorities. He was found guilty last November of first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault and first-degree unlawful imprisonment after a two-week trial.

Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Hollie sentenced Agina to an 11-year sentence that will run consecutive to a 7-year prison term he is serving for a December 2002 assault on his second wife. “The prison term is more than warranted considering the terrible physical and emotional damage that the defendant inflicted,” Brown said.

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