Court following violent home invasion

A 34-YEAR-old Sale man has been remanded in custody to appear in court on April 27 for a committal mention following a violent home invasion in Sale.

Dennis Abel appeared in Bairnsdale Magistrates’ Court charged with aggravated home invasion, armed robbery, false imprisonment and going equipped to steal, along with other charges.

He did not enter any plea.

Police will allege Abel, three teenage males and a 12-year-old boy were involved in an aggravated burglary about 9.30pm on Sunday, January 24, where a 65-year-old man was tied to a chair and gagged while his Marley St house was ransacked by offenders armed with knives.

It is then alleged the offenders made off in the man’s car, which was involved in a pursuit in Lakes Entrance about 2am on January 25.

The car was later recovered, and the boys and Abel were arrested a short time later.

The four boys also face charges of aggravated home invasion, armed robbery, false imprisonment and going equipped to steal.

The 12-year-old is from Moe, while the teenagers are a 14-year-old from Sale and a 15 and 16-yearold from Bairnsdale.

They have been charged and bailed to appear at a children’s court at a later date.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, submit a confidential report via www.crimestoppers.vic.com.au or phone Sale police on 5142 2200.

Sale police Inspector Craig Gaffee said information from the public had assisted in the arrests.

“People have a right to feel safe in their community,” he said

“We are really glad we have been able to apprehend the alleged offenders.”