3 October 2023

18-year-old charged with setting another man ablaze at Deniliquin Ute Muster

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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An 18-year-old man has been granted conditional bail and is set to appear before Deniliquin Local Court in November after a man was allegedly set alight. Photo: File.

A teenager has been charged after a man was allegedly set alight at an event at Deniliquin over the weekend.

Police said emergency services responded to reports a man had been set on fire within the campsite area at the Deniliquin Ute Muster about 6:40 pm on Saturday (30 September).

A 22-year-old man was found suffering significant facial burns after he was reportedly set on fire by a man attempting to ignite an aerosol nearby.

The victim was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being airlifted to Alfred Hospital in Victoria, where he remains in a serious condition.

Officers from Murray River Police District are investigating the incident.

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After their inquiries, an 18-year-old man attended Wagga Wagga Police Station, where he was arrested at about 6 pm on Monday (2 October).

He was charged with grievous bodily harm by the use of corrosive fluid, reckless grievous bodily harm, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The man was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Deniliquin Local Court on Wednesday, 15 November.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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