Five teenagers will appear in Children’s Courts today – one charged with attempted murder – following an alleged violent home invasion at Merewether yesterday.
Just before 3am, police were called to Coane Street and were told four people had forced their way into a property when they were confronted by two of the occupants.
An argument ensued and a 49-year-old man was stabbed in the abdomen during a scuffle before the intruders ran from the scene.
The man was rushed to the John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition and a 75-year-old woman was also taken to hospital with minor injuries – both remain in hospital with the man’s condition now listed as serious but stable.
Newcastle City Police District officers established a crime scene and following inquiries, five teenagers – two boys, aged 13 and 14, and three girls, aged 14, 15 and 15 – were arrested nearby.
A 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were charged with special aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence, a 13-year-old boy was charged with special aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence, and breach of bail and a 15-year-old girl was charged with breach of bail.
All four were refused bail to face a Children’s Court today.
A 14-year-old girl was charged with goods in personal custody suspected being stolen and granted strict conditional bail to appear before a Children’s Court in October.
At about 11:40am yesterday, a sixth teenager, a 14-year-old boy, was arrested at a home in Raymond Terrace. He was charged with attempted murder as well as special aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence wound and reckless wounding – in company.
The boy was refused bail to appear before a Children’s Court today.