Potato peeler attacker refused bail

A MAN allegedly armed himself with a potato peeler during a violent home invasion at an Ipswich residence.

Police said they were called to a house in Bundamba about 9pm Sunday, after an intruder began assaulting one of the occupants.

The man is accused of knocking on the door of the residence, before pushing his way inside and punching and kicking a 35-year-old male resident.

Police said the offender then armed himself with a potato peeler, as the victim ran outside the house to seek refuge.

Officers arrived at the scene quickly and took a 27-year-old man into custody.

The victim was left with swelling to his head as a result of the initial physical assault.

The alleged offender was later charged with entering a dwelling in company with intent to commit an indictable offence, assault occasioning bodily harm while armed and in company, threatening violence at night and wilful damage.

Nathan Scott Jeffrey, 27, applied for bail when he faced Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.

Police prosecutors formally opposed bail, arguing Jeffrey had previous convictions for violence, arson and breaching probation.

Statements from the alleged victim and a witness were tendered to the Magistrate.

Bail was refused and Jeffrey was remanded in custody to reappear on May 9.



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