Accused 'paid to set woman alight'
A MAN who allegedly contracted a youth to douse a woman in an accelerant and set her alight has appeared in court following his arrest in Coffs Harbour.
Police allege the woman, a Korean national, 33, was walking to her workplace in an Inner Sydney suburb on Thursday, March 22 when the attack happened on Chippendale Ln about 9.45pm.
Staff from a nearby brothel put the flames out and the woman was rushed to hospital in a critical condition suffering severe burns.
On Wednesday, a 17-year-old youth from Cartwright attended Redfern Police Station with his solicitor and was charged with cause wounding/grievous bodily harm to a person with intent to murder.
Acting on information, Coffs Clarence police arrested the man who allegedly organised the crime.
He was taken into custody while stopped in Coffs Harbour on Thursday at 9.30am.
Mohammed Fouani, 40, of Quakers Hill appeared in the Coffs Harbour Local Court today charged with cause wounding/grievous bodily harm with intent to murder and recruit a child to carry out a criminal act.
He was bail refused to appear in the Central Local Court on July 31.
Police will allege he paid the youth to carry out the attack.
Four months on and the victim continues to undergo daily hospital treatment.