Man bailed after face lit on fire

THE man charged after throwing petrol at a car, causing burns to a woman's face and hands in Murwillumbah on Saturday has been granted bail.

Police reports suggest a 19-year-old woman was driving her car along Holsens Lane in Murwillumbah about 2am (NSW) Saturday when she drove past a group of people.

After her car was struck by an object, the woman stopped and she and her passengers got out.

A fight ensued involving the two groups of people and a number of witnesses.

According to police, Jamie Browning, 38, of Murwillumbah, ran into a home on Holsens Lane and filled a cup with petrol.

He then threw the cup of petrol at the woman's car while she was standing next to it.

The petrol ignited, setting the woman's face and hands alight.

One of the woman's friends put the fire out using her cardigan and then took her to Murwillumbah Hospital.

She was transferred to Royal Brisbane Hospital where she received treatment for second degree burns to her face and hands.

The vehicle also sustained fire damage to the interior upholstery and exterior paintwork.

Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command were notified and are investigating the incident.

Browning was arrested about noon on Saturday and charged with recklessly inflict grievous bodily harm, cause bodily injury by explosion or other substance, affray and malicious damage.

He was initially refused bail on Saturday before appearing in Tweed Heads Local Court on Sunday when he was then granted bail.

He will appear in Lismore Local Court on December 20.



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