Fire attack on man sleeping on couch nets 2nd charge

A second man has been charged in relation to a 2009 attack in Vancouver during which a sleeping Filipino man was set on fire.

Filipino man was on abandoned sofa in Vancouver during alleged hate crime

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A second man has been charged in relation to a 2009 attack in Vancouver during which a sleeping Filipino man was set on fire.

Alastair Miller, 20, has been charged with aggravated assault, a week after similar charges were brought against Robertson de Chazal, 25.

The attack is alleged to have occurred after the 26-year-old Filipino man from New Westminster, B.C., had been out drinking, and decided to sleep on an abandoned couch on Commercial Drive in East Vancouver.

Witnesses reported seeing three men standing over the sleeping man and spraying some type of fluid, believed to be lighter fluid or a similar accelerant, on the victim before lighting him on fire, police said at the time.

Police say the victim suffered burns to his arms, head and neck area. He was treated in hospital and later released. Police say he remains positive after the experience.

De Chazal is also facing charges related to an assault on a black man. He is alleged to have carried out that attack with Shawn MacDonald, who was charged last week for assaults on a black man, a Hispanic man and an aboriginal woman.

Miller, de Chazal and MacDonald are all believed to have ties with an internationally recognized hate group known as Blood and Honour in British Columbia.