Off-duty officer saves couple from machete-wielding neighbour

A quiet village on North Stradbroke Island has been rocked by a violent home invasion, with a couple forced to hide in their bathroom while their neighbour allegedly used a machete to smash his way into their house.

Police say the man and woman, both aged 59, were inside their Amity Point home on Tuesday night, when they heard noises coming from their garage, around 7.20pm.

It’s alleged they discovered a male neighbour, armed with a machete, trying to break in to the Kawana Street property.


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They phoned the Police, explaining the man had now smashed glass louvers at the front of the house and was beginning to hack at the front door.

In a statement, Police allege the man eventually broke down the wooden door.

“The pair fled to the bathroom, locking the door and barricading themselves inside.”

“The man, now inside the residence, allegedly began hacking at the bathroom door with the machete.

“At one point the blade went through a gap in the door striking the 59-year-old man in the head causing a laceration to his face.”

The noise of the commotion, caught the attention of an off-duty police officer who was in the nearby area.

He went inside the house and confronted the armed man.

“He managed to distract the man- who had obvious injuries to his chest and was bleeding – until additional police resources arrived.

“The man was taken into custody after a violent struggle with officers.”

The 44-year-old Amity local was arrested at the scene and was later charged with one count each of wounding, enter dwelling with intent, serious assault police and wilful damage.

He’s expected to appear in the Cleveland Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The accused received treatment in hospital for his injuries, while the injured homeowner also had treatment to a laceration that was approximately 15cms in length.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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