Police charge man with setting woman on fire

Arson Squad detectives have charged a man after it is alleged he set fire to a woman known to him.

Around 1.15pm on Sunday, 23 August 2020 it is alleged the man was at a home in Medina when he doused part of the lounge room and the woman with petrol and set it alight.

The woman in her 20s managed to run from the house and neighbours were able to put out the flames and call emergency services. She was conveyed by ambulance to Fiona Stanley Hospital with burns to 35% of her body.

The man was also taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital for treatment for burns.

A 37-year-old man from Medina has been charged with:-

• Acts Intended to cause Grievous Bodily Harm; and

• Criminal Damage by Fire.

He is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court (bedside hearing) today, 24 August 2020.

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