Accused attackers land in court
A GROUP of men accused of storming a house at Emerald Beach and assaulting the occupants with timber stakes have been committed to stand trial.
The violent home invasion, in which three people were viciously assaulted, happened in Ocean View Drive last year.
Police will allege the men unlawfully entered the home and threatened the occupants ‘because they did not consent to a relationship involving a woman’.
Neighbours called police after children fled the house.
Joseph Batik, of Moonee Beach, Marial Machar and Chol Ater of Blacktown, Majok Makur Agok of Penrith, and Moses Mangar Chol and Thon Machar are facing a string of serious matters in court.
The charges against them include aggravated enter a dwelling with intent to inflict actual bodily harm, armed with intent to commit a serious indictable offence and aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
It’s alleged the men, who are aged in their twenties, went to the house armed with tomato stakes on October 20 at 6.40pm.
Their motive was to take a girl who had left her home to pursue a relationship with a man known to live at the Emerald Beach address.
The court has been told the accused started to yell and shout at the occupants, ‘calling for the girl to be produced by the end of the night or the occupants would not be able to live in the house’.
The alleged ringleader of the home invasion, Joseph Batik, is accused of striking a cupboard with a stake smashing glassware and crockery.
He then hit a man with the stick, while a woman in the house was also knocked conscious by a blow to the head.
The terrifying ordeal then spilled into the street, before the attackers fled in a Mitsubishi sedan.
At 10.30pm police were called to a home in Moonee Beach for reports of a domestic dispute.