Three young boys chased off a man who allegedly doused his ex-partner in petrol and attempted to set her alight on the NSW central coast.
Police allege the 57-year-old man was flicking burning pieces of paper at the 55-year-old woman, who was saturated in petrol, when the boys confronted the man in Daleys Point, near Woy Woy, on Friday.
When police arrested the man a short time later, they allegedly found an empty 20-litre drum of petrol in his vehicle and burnt pieces of paper on the front passenger's seat.
Police said the woman arrived at her home on Daleys Point Road in Daleys Point about 12.40pm on Friday to find her ex-partner waiting out the front. The man allegedly pulled her out of her car and punched her in the face, before pouring petrol over her.