A 14-year-old boy was doused in petrol and set on fire in the backyard of a home in the NSW Riverina.

The incident allegedly occurred at a home in Lockhart around 5.30pm on Sunday 28 August.  A man has been arrested and charged.

Police said the 20-year-old threw a flammable liquid on the teenager before igniting a lighter near him.

The 14-year-old suffered serious burns to his arm, hands and back and is still being treated at The Westmead Chidren’s Hospital in Sydney.

Following investigations by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad, the 20-year-old man was arrested in Lockhart yesterday.

He was taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station where he was formally charged with causing grievous bodily harm with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

The man was refused bail to appear before Wagga Wagga Local Court today.

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  • What is wrong with people?!!


  • That man has serious problems!


  • Has common sense gone completely out the window?


  • This young boy could have died, and could have been disfigured. I hope the man that burned him gets put away for a long time- he was obviously trying to kill him!


  • omg what is with people these days??


  • How sick is this ?! A very serious crime !!
    The boy could have gotten killed and then the 20 year old could have been charged with murder. In a way he’s lucky that it didn’t work out worse. Think he needs to get charged heavily and they need to consider the age difference seriously.


  • I hope the young boy will be okay,a shocking act.


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