Wednesday October 9 2013
– A young couple subjected to a terrifying home invasion in suburban Melbourne managed to escape after arming themselves with kitchen knives and scissors, a court has heard.
James Paul, 27, and his younger brother, Sebastian, 23, allegedly entered a Murrumbeena home they had been monitoring through a bedroom window and threatened a 23-year-old man and his 22-year-old girlfriend with a knife.
After entering the Henty Street home around 6:50pm on June 11th, Sebastian Paul allegedly thrust a black-handled knife with a 12-15 centimetre blade at the couple.
Detective Senior Constable Ben Watson told Melbourne Magistrates Court he allegedly said: “Give us money or this could be bad.”
Senior Constable Watson said after being told they had no cash, Sebastian Paul demanded to have what what was hidden in the manhole.
While James Paul entered the manhole, Sebastian Paul repeatedly hit the male occupant with a baseball bat.
Despite the couple handing over more than $1000, the brothers were not satisfied.
Senior Constable Watson said after one brother allegedly held a knife near the man’s hand he lied in desperation, saying he buried $10,000.
The ploy was discovered and as the man was dragged into the kitchen he grabbed two 18 centimetre knives and fled into the street. The woman allegedly picked up scissors and fled past James Paul.
James Paul faces 16 charges, included aggravated burglary.
Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge said the alleged victims were terrified and did not want the accused bailed. James Paul was refused bail. His younger brother was bailed recently – Emily Portelli


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