News

Elderly victims tell court about nightmare of home invasion

A BRAZEN home invasion by three long-time criminals has left a senior couple terrified of anyone who knocks on their front door.

Around 5pm on December 2, a 70-year-old man and 69-year-old woman were finishing their dinner in their Brassall home.

The man looked outside as Asten Shaun Bell, 28, William Kerry Monsell, 37, and Aaron Murphy, 30, approached the door.

Monsell told the man they were looking for the drug dealer who had sold his cousin bad drugs and caused him to overdose.

The man told Monsell no-one like that lived at the house and asked the three men to leave or he'd call the police. Monsell refused and told him he'd already called the police.

The three men then barged their way into the house.

MAKING HEADLINES TODAY ...

Pisasale to decide his future after Christmas break

Teen getaway driver shown leniency by court

Getting control of Ipswich Council on Labor's agenda

Liquor giant ALH moves in on lucrative Ipswich territory

Murphy made his way to a bedroom where the owners continued to tell them to leave the property.

Murphy grabbed a number of watches from the bedroom and attacked the man. He hit and pushed him, leaving the man with lascerations to his arms, wrists and legs.

The man eventually got the men to leave and told them if they returned the watches, he wouldn't call the police. Monsell continued to talk to him about his hospitalised cousin and said they were wating for the police already.

They eventually left the backyard with the stolen items and split up. However, they were quickly located by police.

Bell was arrested wearing a watch stolen from another house engraved with the name of the woman who owned it.

Bell, Monsell and Murphy pleaded guilty at the Ipswich District Court to burglary and robbery in company with actual violence.

A victim impact statement from the couple said they were "completely distrustful" of people now, wary of anyone they didn't know walking up their driveway, and had installed security on all their doors and windows since the burglary.

The court heard Murphy was the primary offender in the home invasion, assaulting the man and taking the watches. The three had been behind bars since the day of the offence, having had bail refused.

Judge Greg Koppenol said as Bell and Monsell were only parties to the violence, which had been carried out by Murphy, they would be allowed to leave prison immediately. He sentenced them both to three years jail, declared the 261 days they'd spent behind bars already as time already served, and granted them immediate parole.

Murphy is yet to be sentenced.

Topics:  burglary, home invasion, ipswich district court, robbery



Former minister claims he voluntarily stopped abusing boy

Retired Uniting Church Minister Barry Dangerfield (right) arrives at Brisbane District Court.

Barry Dangerfield charged with multiple counts of indecent dealing

Iconic Ipswich pub now number one in Queensland

PA Hotel owners Mary-Anne and Clive Johnson are pleased to have been awarded the Queensland Hotels Association 2016 Hotel of the Year.

It's official - Ipswich is home to the best pub in Queensland

Emotional farewell for AWLQ volunteers and staff

AWLQ CEO Denise Bradley farewells a long-serving volunteer at the West Ipswich facility on Friday.

The AWLQ has left the building. So what's next?

Local Partners

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Things to do around Ipswich this weekend

The Ipswich Orchid Society Garden Spectacular is this weekend.

Things to do around Ipswich

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets