He thought they were there to complain about noise. But their intentions were far more sinister.
He thought they were there to complain about noise. But their intentions were far more sinister. LeoFra/Pixabay

Horror home invasion: 'We've got the wrong place'

STICK-UP artists terrified a man in his home before realising they had the wrong target.

Former Gladstone man Zane Tahu Douglas and an alleged accomplice sneaked into a unit complex in November.

The plan, it seemed, was to rob a drug dealer of cash or narcotics, Brisbane District Court heard on Tuesday.

A Brisbane resident heard a knock on his door one night, and presumed it was neighbours complaining about noise.

But Douglas, 28, and his accomplice were accused of forcing their way into the apartment.

The court heard Douglas's alleged accomplice brandished a firearm and a struggle with the resident erupted.

Judge Brad Farr said after what "must have seemed like an eternity” to the resident, the attackers realised their mistake.

The resident heard one man whisper to the other that they'd "got the wrong place”.

But the burglars stole an access card, keys, and mobile phone anyway, the court heard.

The shaken victim went online to ask for help, and a gaming forum user then called police.

Douglas's alleged accomplice, who is still before the courts, was tracked down after cops figured out he drove a black Holden Commodore.

CCTV imagery was also used in investigations.

When Douglas was arrested, he refused to name or implicate anyone else.

Instead, he said he turned up at the apartment to find an robbery under way, and he opportunistically joined in.

Prosecutors refused to accept that story.

The court heard Douglas moved to Gladstone in his 20s to work at a smelter but drugs derailed his life.

Drug use made him an unreliable worker and he lost his job, defence counsel Andrew Quinn said.

But Douglas had cleaned his act up in custody and was making efforts to rehabilitate, Mr Quinn added.

He said Douglas never held the gun.

"His contribution seems to have been limited to the scuffle...”

Judge Farr said the burglary "breached the sanctity” of the man's home.

Douglas was jailed for six years for armed robbery and burglary.

He had already served several months in custody and is eligible for parole on November 26, 2019. -NewsRegional



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