Four men had been smoking ice before they allegedly armed themselves with weapons, covered their faces and burst into a Wodonga father’s home, a court has heard.
Police say Eric Chew was the alleged main offender during the alleged home invasion on August 19, armed with a baseball bat.
He was allegedly joined by Garry Burns, who had a cricket bat, and Kayne Phillips and Damon Mirkovic, who were armed with hammers.
It was 5.15am when they arrived at the London Road house.
Detective Senior Constable Tracey Jarrott told Wodonga Magistrates’ Court this week that the 57-year-old victim tried to shut the door when the four men arrived, but they forced their way inside.
She said Chew and the victim got into a scuffle before the victim’s 15-year-old son approached and told the men to get out of their house.
Chew allegedly hit the father in the leg before the four men ran to a car parked in a nearby street and drove away.
Detective Jarrott said CCTV cameras at the London Road home captured the men at the door wearing hoodies and caps.
“Before the incident, the four offenders had been smoking the drug ice,” she said.
All four offenders were charged with aggravated home invasion, intentionally causing injury and recklessly causing injury.
Chew and Burns remain in custody after their arrest last month, while Mirkovic has been released on bail.
Phillips, 22, was the last of the group to be arrested in Albury on Saturday, after running from police and jumping fences in a failed attempt to get away.
He applied for bail in court this week, but was refused by magistrate John Murphy.
“Police have concerns for the victim in this matter that if Phillips was released from custody, he might try to seek retribution for reporting the matter to police,” Detective Jarrott said.
She said police believed he was drug-affected when arrested on Saturday, after smoking ice, so they were not able to interview him about his alleged role in the home invasion.
Phillips could not convince the magistrate there were exceptional circumstances why he should be released.
“I can’t really say much. My mum is getting old and there’s no one to look after her,” he said.
Asked by My Murphy if he wanted help while withdrawing from ice in custody, Phillips said “I’ll be right”.
He told his mum he loved her as he was walked back out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
The four alleged offenders will return to court in December.
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