Third person charged over violent home invasion

UPDATE at 3:00 PM THURSDAY, APRIL 4 | A THIRD person has now been arrested and charged over their alleged involvement in a violent home invasion at Junee, in the NSW Riverina over the weekend.

The local 23-year-old man attended Junee Police Station this morning where he was arrested about 11am.

He has since been charged with four serious offences, including affray, assault, aggravated break enter and commit serious indictable offence and aggravated enter dwelling and commit serious indictable offence.


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A NSW Police spokesperson confirmed the latest round of charges in a statement to myGC.

The 23-year-old has been released on conditional bail and is due to appear in Junee Local Court on Friday, May 10.

He is the third young man to be charged with storming a family’s home and attacking two men on Saturday morning.

Five children under the age of 12 were asleep in the home at the time and were woken by the violence.

His co-accused – two other men, one aged 20 and the other a 23-year-old local father – will also appear in Junee Local Court on May 10, charged with eight serious offences between them.

If found guilty, all three young men face lengthy jail sentences.

The maximum penalty for the single charge of aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence alone is 20 years imprisonment.

The maximum penalty for the similar offence of aggravated enter dwelling and commit serious indictable offence is also 20 years jail. For affray, it is 10 years.

Investigations into the home invasion are ongoing.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 | A YOUNG father could spend a large portion of the rest of his life behind bars after being charged over a violent home invasion in southern New South Wales.

The 23-year-old is one of two young men charged with storming a family home in the small town of Junee, 40km north of Wagga Wagga, and terrorising the occupants during the early hours of Saturday morning.

In a statement, a NSW Police spokesperson said a group of males allegedly went to the George Street home in search of a 22-year-old man following an incident at a house party on William Street, just 650m away.

Once at the home, it’s alleged a number of males from the group bashed a 41-year-old male resident outside before forcing their way inside and beating the 22-year-old man in a bedroom before fleeing the scene.

It’s understood a number of the offenders were armed with makeshift weapons, including a star picket which is believed to have been used in the attack.

Five children under the age of 12 were asleep inside the home at the time and were woken by the violence.

Riverina Police District Inspector John Aichinger said the males had “effectively conducted a home invasion”.

“It’s a frightening event for any family … quite a terrifying string of events for those children,” he said.

Junee, NSW | Photo: © Jaydan Duck / myGC

Paramedics were called to the home and treated the injured men before transporting the 41-year-old to Wagga Base Hospital, 40km away, for further treatment.

It’s understood he sustained multiple facial fractures and required surgery.

The younger man, who was only visiting the George Street home at the time, sustained less serious injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

It’s understood he had gone to the home on the corner of Short Street feeling threatened following an earlier altercation at a house party on nearby William Street.

Detectives established a crime scene at the George Street address and spent several days speaking with witnesses.

Following investigations, a 20-year-old Junee man handed himself into police on Tuesday morning.

After extensive questioning, the man was arrested and charged with five serious offences, including reckless grievous bodily harm in company, assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company, and using violence to cause fear.

The 20-year-old has also been charged with aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence in company not steal, and aggravated commit serious indictable offence in dwelling in company not steal.

Later on Tuesday night, a vehicle owned by the occupants of the George Street home was firebombed. It is not yet known if this is linked to the invasion.

Following further investigation, a 23-year-old local father-of-three handed himself into officers at Junee Police Station about 9.30am on Wednesday.

He was arrested and has since been charged with three serious offences over his alleged involvement in Saturday morning’s attack.

He’s charges include aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence, aggravated enter dwelling and commit serious indictable offence, and affray.

Two men have been charged over a violent home invasion in Junee | Photo: © Jaydan Duck / myGC

If found guilty, both young men face lengthy jail sentences.

The maximum penalty for the single charge of aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence alone is 20 years imprisonment.

The maximum penalty for aggravated enter dwelling and commit serious indictable offence is also 20 years jail. For affray, it is 10 years.

Meanwhile, the charge of reckless grievous bodily harm in company carries of maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.

Both men have been released on conditional bail and are due to have their cases heard in Junee Local Court on Friday, May 10.

Detectives from the Riverina Police District are still investigating the home invasion, and Tuesday night’s firebombing.

Anyone with information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to call Junee Police on (02) 6924 1144 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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

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

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