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Two more captured over violent home invasion

ARSON CHARGES: The car allegedly stolen during the home invasion was later found burnt out near Grandchester.
ARSON CHARGES: The car allegedly stolen during the home invasion was later found burnt out near Grandchester. David Nielsen

TWO men charged over their involvement in a violent home invasion at Pine Mountain earlier this year have fronted court.

Regency Downs man Matthew John Phillips, 33, and Newtown man Aaron Geoffrey Bennett, 25, had their matters mentioned briefly on Monday in Ipswich Magistrates Court.

Both men have been charged with break and enter, deprivation of liberty, arson, armed robbery with violence and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Mr Phillips is facing additional charges of breaching his bail conditions and possessing dangerous drugs.

A third man, Shaun David Molenda, 35, fronted court last month charged with similar offences over the violent home invasion on January 13, 2016 at a property in Glenross Drive.

A fourth man remains on the run.

Mr Phillips and Mr Bennett did not make an application for bail on Monday and both were remanded into custody.

Magistrate Roger Stark adjourned Mr Phillips' matter until March 23 and Mr Bennett's matter until March 30.

Both men will appear via videolink at those hearings.

Mr Molenda made no application for bail when he fronted court on February 22 and he was also remanded into custody. His matter was adjourned until March 16.

Police allege the men stormed the house during the early hours of the morning and brutally assaulted a man, 61, and woman, 59, in their bedroom before tying them up with duct tape.

They allegedly ransacked the couple's home and stole property, cash and other items.

They also allegedly stole the couple's 2008 Toyota Prado was located later that morning burned out in Grandchester.

Topics:  home invasion, ipswich crime, ipswich magistrates court, pine mountain



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