Home-invade duo free after time served

By EVAN SCHWARTEN

TWO MEN who broke into a North Rockhampton home and attacked the occupants with a tomahawk were yesterday allowed to leave Rockhampton's Magistrates Court as free men.

Rodney Malcolm Graham, 25, and Jason Scott Tilberoo, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of bodily harm and one of dangerous conduct with a weapon.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy handed each man a five-month suspended sentence. The pair had already spent more than five months in custody after being denied bail following the May 1 attacks in Berserker Street.

The court heard the pair, accompanied by Lucas James Christian, 23, entered the residence about 10.30am, grabbed a tomahawk from inside and attacked two occupants aged 40 and 60.

One of the attackers then picked up a television and hurled it at one of the victims.

Both occupants sustained head injuries, one receved a 15-20cm wound.

No motive was given. The court heard the offenders had been on a three-day drinking binge. The men were originally charged with unlawful wounding, assault occasioning bodily harm and entering a dwelling to commit an indictable offence.

The charges were downgraded following negotiations between the defence teams and prosecutors.

Magistrate Hennessy told the pair their crimes had been very serious and could have caused a lot of harm to the victims.



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