Home invaders to be sentenced

TWO Coffs Harbour men who held a group of Asian students hostage during a violent home invasion at Park Beach will learn their fates in a Sydney courtroom this week.

Silas Gorden Haines, 30, and Nathan Dungay, 23, will be sentenced on a raft of serious charges when they appear before District Court Judge Colin Charteris.

Given the severity of the charges and guilty pleas by both men, crown prosecutors have called for lengthy prison sentences to be handed down.

Appearing in the Downing District Court last week, both men had their sentencing stood over to this Friday.

A third man, who played a lesser role in the home invasion, Grahame Quinlan, 34, is currently serving an eight-year jail term he was sentenced with in Coffs Harbour last year.

The court has heard Haines and Dungay were the instigators of the armed break and enter on an Arthur Street unit on November 17, 2008.

They forced their way into the shared residence armed with a knife and a broken bottle, threatening and bashing the occupants.

Haines and Dungay assaulted two male victims aged, 19 and 26, before sexually assaulting a female, 21, and stealing cash, laptop computers and mobile phones.

Police also charged Haines over the carjacking of a motorist after the incident.

Statements handed up in court allege the men committed the crimes at the height of a drug and alcohol binge.

The trio had injected the drug ice over a 10-hour period, before storming the unit.

Late last year Haines faced an arraignment hearing in Coffs Harbour where he entered pleas to 24 charges of aggravated enter a dwelling whilst armed, take and detain occasioning actual bodily harm, armed car theft, sexual assault, committing acts of indecency and robbery in company. Dungay was charged with seven similar offences.

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