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Shawn Ezerskis will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Feb. 6. (Kate Letterick/CBC)

The case of a Moncton man accused of dousing a woman in paint thinner and threatening to set her on fire has been put off for a week.

Shawn Ezerskis, 30, is charged with assault, assault with a weapon and uttering threats.

He was expected to elect how he wanted to be tried and to enter pleas on Thursday, but the provincial court heard he is planning to hire a lawyer.

Ezerskis remains in custody and is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 6.

A judge ruled on Monday he should be held in custody. There is a publication ban on the evidence presented during the bail hearing and the reasons given.

On Sunday morning, a 24-year-old woman walked into the police station, complaining she had been assaulted by her boyfriend the night before, RCMP have said.

The woman said her boyfriend had poured paint thinner on her, lit a lighter and threatened to set her and their apartment on fire, police said.