Woman charged as man recovers in hospital after being set alight in Hamilton South

A MAN was recovering in Royal North Shore Hospital’s burns unit on Thursday night after being set alight during a domestic dispute in Hamilton South.

Emergency services rushed to the scene on Triumph Way shortly after 8am to find the 26-year-old man with serious burns.

A woman, who police charged late on Thursday night, is alleged to have used a cigarette lighter to set the man on fire after earlier dousing him in petrol.

She was charged with burning or maiming using a corrosive fluid.

Police believe the dispute broke out between the pair after the man arrived at the woman’s property.

Police said the duo were “known to each other”.

The man was in a critical condition for much of the day, but a spokeswoman for Royal North Shore Hospital confirmed on Thursday night he was now serious but stable.

The woman also suffered burns during the incident but was released from hospital shortly after being admitted.

She is expected to front Newcastle Local Court on Friday.