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A man faced Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday after allegedly throwing petrol at a vehicle, causing burns to a woman’s face and hands.

At about 2am on Saturday, the 19-year-old woman stopped her car in Holsens Lane, Murwillumbah after it was hit by an object as she drove past a group of people.

She stopped the car and she and her passengers got out.

A fight between the two groups followed and the back window of the car was smashed with a stick.

Police allege a 38-year-old man ran into a house on Holsens Lane, returning with a cup of petrol and threw it at the woman’s car while she was standing next to it.

The petrol ignited, setting the woman’s face and hands alight.

One of the woman’s friends put the fire out using her cardigan, and then took her to Murwillumbah Hospital.

She was transferred to Royal Brisbane Hospital where she received treatment for second-degree burns to her face and hands.

The vehicle’s interior upholstery and exterior paintwork was burnt in the fire.

Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command were notified and began an investigation into the incident.

About noon yesterday a 38-year-old man was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and was charged with recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm, causing bodily injury by explosion or other substance, affray and malicious damage.

He was refused bail.

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