Man Who Was Stabbed, Set On Fire Testifies

James Swann
James Swann
William Alston
William Alston

(KHNL) -- He was stabbed and set on fire. Now, James Swann is talking about his frightening experience.

His testimony came during the attempted murder trial of his accused attacker, William Alston. Alston is also charged with kidnapping, terroristic threatening and sexual assault.

Prosecutors say the defendant got into an argument with his wife at an apartment in Downtown Honolulu last year. Three others, including James Swann, were in the unit at the time.

Swann told jurors he grabbed the phone to call security, and then "all hell broke loose."

"I was stabbed, and then I got some kind of liquid poured over me and set afire," Swann said. "I tried to put myself out."

"How did you go about doing that?" Peter Carlisle, Honolulu prosecutor, asked.

"Roll around on the floor, tear my T-shirt off, just trying to get the fire off me," Swann replied.

Prosecutors say Alston held the group hostage for several more hours. His wife managed to leave the apartment and flag down a police officer.

The defense says the case is not an attempted murder because there was no intent to kill. The trial continues next week.