Violent Wilsonton home invasion duo charged

TWO men have appeared in court on charges relating to a violent home invasion in Toowoomba Friday night.

Police allege Kerry Diefenbach, 18, and Benjamin Woodhouse, 26, stormed their way into a Wilsonton home while armed and assaulted the 45-year-old home owner in the incident about 8.45pm.

The alleged co-offenders appeared in custody before the Toowoomba Magistrates Court today.

Police will allege Diefenbach and Woodhouse entered the house of a 45-year-old man, armed with a piece of metal and a knife, before assaulting the resident.

The pair then fled the area and were located a short distance away by police at which time they were arrested and taken into custody.

They spent the weekend at the Toowoomba watch house.

The alleged victim was taken to Toowoomba Hospital for treatment of injuries including cuts and bruises to his arms and face.

Police will allege the co-offenders and the alleged victim were known to each other.

Police have not released any motivation behind the alleged attack.

The pair was charged with one count each of common assault, enter dwelling with intent by break, assaults occasioning bodily harm while armed/in company and unlawfully wound another.

Woodhouse made no application for bail and was remanded in custody.

His matter adjourned for a committal mention.

Diefenbach was released on bail and is due to reappear in court on April 18.



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