Family pain still fresh

AT 6pm on May 29 this year, Charlie and Ashlee Dunford's peaceful existence at their Palmers Island home was destroyed.

Five armed assailants violently burst through their front door, inflicting serious injuries upon Charlie and threatening his daughter, Ashlee, and her young child, before robbing the family of a large amount of money.

Two months have passed and the Dunfords are still feeling the effects of this violent and random attack.

With no one yet arrested, the Dunfords still have a sense of vulnerability and don't feel as safe as they once did in this otherwise peaceful community.

“I am still recovering from my injuries. My arm was badly broken and I cannot use it fully, as I'm having ongoing physiotherapy,” Charlie told The Daily Examiner yesterday.

He said his injuries would heal in time, but he worried for his daughter and granddaughter, as they had gone through quite an ordeal.

“We think about the attack each day and talk to one another about it.

"We worked hard for the money we lost. It just isn't fair,” he said.

In response to media inquiries, Detective Sippel from Grafton Police said: “We have established strike force ‘Sharon' and have made numerous inquiries to identify those responsible.”

Det Sippel said the level of violence and terror used by those responsible was worrying.

“Exhibits, including a cap located at the scene, are undergoing forensic testing and we are hopeful that this testing will identify a suspect,” Det Sippel said.

“We haven't ruled out that these offenders may be from outside the area, but we wish anyone who may have information on this vicious home invasion to contact Grafton detectives on 66420226 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.”

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