Sickening CCTV footage captured the horrific moment the man set the mother of his children ablaze in the northern Romanian city of Buhusi, in Bacau County.
The woman was eating in a fast-food restaurant with her mother and two children, a boy, two, and a daughter, six, when her husband struck.
At first the family was alone at the establishment, before the abusive husband arrived.
After ordering a coffee, he went straight to his estranged wife’s table and moments later a fight broke out.
Police have launched a manhunt for the vile man after he set his wife on fire
The shocking footage captured the male hitting his victim in front of startled diners.
However, the situation escalated further when the thug began setting his wife on fire. The video shows flames quickly engulfed her.
The blaze also burned the male. His wife can be seen running around the restaurant in a desperate attempt to put out the fire.
After the sickening act, the man fled into the street as the establishment’s camera shows diners and her children trying to help the woman.
The shocking footage captured the thug hitting his victim in front of startled diners
They had a lot of trouble. He was beating her, he was always violent. She was terrified and the children too
The woman's mother
The woman's mother said: "He took a small bottle out of his pocket and poured something over her.
“I took my jacket and put it on her head and extinguished the fire. We ran to the hospital. She was seriously injured."
While another relative added: "They had a lot of trouble. He was beating her, he was always violent. She was terrified and the children too."
According to medical staff, the woman was left with severe injuries after the savage attack.
A local hospital spokesman said: "A patient who suffered severe burns on her face arrived here but has been transferred to a bigger facility in Piatra Neamt."
A manhunt has now been launched for the thug in Romania, as well as its neighbouring countries.
Police have not commented on the motive behind the attack, but officials said he broke up with his wife two months ago.
If caught and convicted of attempted murder he could be jailed for 20 years.
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