70-year-old attacked in own home

THREE men have faced court charged with a "cowardly" home invasion which left an elderly man in hospital.

The 70-year-old man and his 69-year-old wife were at their Brassall home when it is alleged Aaron Murphy, 29, William Monsell, 37, and Asten Shawn Bell, 27, forced their way in.

The three appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with robbery in company using personal violence and entering a dwelling with intent.

Police allege the trio approached the home just after 5pm on Monday evening and began talking with the victim through the open front door.

But the conversation quickly descended into a terrifying ordeal for the couple, when one of the men allegedly stormed into their bedroom and began rummaging through their personal belongings.

The court heard the men stole a pendant and gold watches before the victim attempted to reclaim the stolen property from the intruders.

A struggle ensued and it is alleged Murphy pushed the victim over.

He sustained lacerations to his legs and arms and was later taken to Ipswich Hospital.

After the struggle, the victim forced the intruders outside.

However, the trio then allegedly turned their attention to the rear of the home and broke in for a second time though the back door and stole a thermometer.

The court heard the trio then fled the home and was spotted by police walking along Haig St.

It is alleged Murphy dropped the stolen property as police arrested him while attempting to flee through a neighbouring home.

Bell and Monsell were arrested in Haig St.

Police allege Bell was wearing one of the stolen gold watches when arrested.

Prosecutor Brad Dick said the home invasion was a brazen attack.

"It beggars belief. It's...a cowardly attack," he said.

Bell and Monsell will appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court next month while Murphy will appear via video link on December 17. All three were refused bail.



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