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Gun fired in home invasion

IT took four days for a group claiming their home was invaded to report the matter to Rockhampton police.

Police said the complainants did not come forward earlier because of fear after the home invasion in Cairns Street, The Range, which allegedly involved a gun being fired last Friday.

Police arrested Luke Anthony Sharpe on Wednesday night and charged him with six offences.

They will allege Sharpe, 28, attended the home armed with a gun.

CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Darrin Shadlow said witnesses claimed a shot was fired within the home and the gun reloaded, before about six occupants in the home were threatened.

He said a sum of money was also stolen.

Yesterday Sharpe did not apply for bail during his brief appearance in Rockhampton Magistrates Court, after spending the night in custody.

He is charged with enter dwelling with intent, threatening violence, robbery with actual violence while armed, attempted robbery with actual violence while armed, unlawful possession of a weapon and dangerous conduct with a weapon.

Yesterday he walked into the court room dock with a large bandage covering his forehead above his left eye.

It's believed Sharpe and the alleged victims were known to each other.

Solicitor Doug Winning asked the court for an adjournment at the shortest convenient time.

He said it was imperative the police evidence was available as early as possible.

The matter was adjourned to November 11.

Sharpe can apply for bail on this date if he chooses.

Meanwhile police are still searching for the people responsible for two separate home invasions last month.

On September 29, two men, one armed with a gun, invaded a home on Elphinstone Street, North Rockhampton

The intruders demanded cash and drugs.

On September 24, a Gracemere woman woke to find a man at her bedside.

The man threatened her and demanded cash and personal belongings.

If you have any information which may assist police call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Rockhampton Police station on 4932 3500.

Callers can remain anonymous.



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