Man accused of setting woman on fire

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a serious assault in Oakford where a woman was allegedly set on fire.

It will be alleged a 2003 red or maroon Mazda Tribute ran out of fuel on Nicholson Road, between Thomas and Armadale Road at about 8am on September 14.

Police said a woman from the car walked to a service station, believed to be carrying a plastic shopping bag.

Police have released images of car similar to the 2003 Mazda Tribune involved.

A blue utility, believed to be a Holden Commodore with a matching blue tonneau cover, stopped to help and took the woman to a Harrisdale service station and then returned her to her car at about 10am.

It will be further alleged a man, who remained at the Mazda, became upset with the woman who ran towards Thomas Road to get away from him.

The man allegedly grabbed her, poured petrol on her and set it alight.

Police said the 31-year-old woman managed to douse the fire but received singed hair and burns to her neck and ear.

Both the man and the woman allegedly left the area.

A 38-year-old Maddington man was charged with unlawful act or omission with intent to harm and common assault in circumstances of aggravation.

He appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on September 16 and is next due to appear on October 1.

Detectives wish to speak to the man driving the blue ute.

Anyone with dashcam footage of the area between 8am and 10.15am or anyone with information, is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.