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Man accused of setting another man alight at Saddleback Mountain denied bail


A man charged with multiple offences for allegedly setting fire to a 51-year old man at Saddleback Mountain over the weekend has been refused bail by Wollongong Local Court.

It's alleged that 42-year-old Quinton Chester Nydegger threw petrol on the man and set him alight at a Fountaindale Road property on Saturday afternoon.

The victim suffered serious burns to his face, head and chest and was flown to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition.

Nydegger didn't apply for bail which was formally refused during a brief hearing yesterday.

He'll remain in custody with his next court appearance set for August 17.

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Man charged after victim is set alight


An Illawarra man is due in court today charged with allegedly setting another man on fire at the weekend.

About 4.20pm on Saturday 18 June 2022, emergency services attended a property on Fountaindale Road at Saddleback Mountain, west of Kiama, following reports a man had sustained serious burns.

Officers attached to Lake Illawarra Police District attended and located a vehicle engulfed in flames and a 51-year-old man nearby with serious burns to his head, chest and face.

The man was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being flown to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

A crime scene was established and was forensically examined. Lake Illawarra detectives, assisted by State Crime Command’s Arson Unit, commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the man’s injuries

About 9.30am yesterday (Sunday 19 June 2022), a 42-year-old man was arrested at Saddleback Mountain and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station.

He was charged with throw/lay explosive other substance with intent to burn/maim/disable/do grievous bodily harm etc, and cause grievous bodily harm to person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The man was refused bail and will appear at Wollongong Local Court today.

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