A 23-YEAR-OLD woman has been chased down, bashed, doused in petrol and threatened with fire – allegedly by her boyfriend – in a horrific attack at a house party in northern New South Wales.
Police said the couple began arguing about 2am on Sunday while at a party with friends at a home on Melaleuca Place at Casino, 75km inland of Byron Bay.
During the argument, it’s alleged the woman’s 24-year-old boyfriend poured a bottle of petrol over her and threatened to set her alight before pulling out a knife and chasing her onto the street.
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There, it’s alleged the man, who is already on bail for previous offences, proceeded to beat the woman, holding her by the hair and punching her in the head, before she managed to escape and call police.
Officers found the 24-year-old man at a house on Boronia Crescent about 4am.
While attempting to arrest him, however, police said they came under attack from ‘several aggressive males’.
Officers were forced to use their pepper spray to disperse the men before they could arrest the woman’s boyfriend.
He was taken to the local police station and charged with two counts of common assault (DV), and one each of armed with intent (DV), use explosive substance with intent to burn (DV), and breach of bail.
The 24-year-old was remanded in custody and will appear in Lismore Local Court on Monday.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast