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Man charged after victim is set alight

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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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Tags: NSW ambulance, Arson, Fountaindale Road, Lake Illawarra Police Station, Saddleback Mountain, Wollongong Local Court