A WOMAN will face court later this month, charged with maiming her partner after soaking him in fuel and setting him on fire at their home in Newcastle.
Police said the pair, both aged 28, became embroiled in an argument at their Triumph Way home in Hamilton South on Thursday morning.
Police said the shouting match quickly escalated and the woman swung a jerry can at her partner, spilling fuel on him, before sparking a lighter a setting him alight.
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The man, on fire, ran to a neighbouring home to seek help and call triple zero.
He suffered horrific burns and was stabilised at the scene by paramedics before being rushed to the John Hunter Hospital for treatment.
The 28-year-old man was later transferred to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical but stable condition.
The woman also suffered burns in the incident, although her injuries were far less serious.
She was arrested and taken to the John Hunter Hospital for treatment before being taken to the Newcastle Police Station where she was formally charged with burn/maim by using corrosive fluid.
The woman was granted strict conditional bail and will re-appear before Newcastle Local Court on May 25.
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