Bandits still on the loose as accomplice goes before court

LATEST: Ipswich police have charged a man following an early morning home invasion at Pine Mountain last month.

Shaun David Molenda, 35, fronted Ipswich Magistrates Court briefly on Monday dressed in watchhouse greens after being charged at the weekend.

He is facing a litany of charges stemming from the violent home invasion on January 13, 2016 at a property in Glenross Drive.

Those charges include two counts of deprivation of liberty and robbery and one count of arson, enter a dwelling with intent and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Mr Molenda made no application for bail and was remanded into custody.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum adjourned the matter until February 26.

Police will allege Mr Molenda was one of four masked men who stormed the house and brutally assaulted a man, 61, and woman, 59, before tying them up with duct tape.

The bandits then took off with a number of items from the house.

They also allegedly stole the couple's 2008 Toyota Prado was located later that morning burned out (pictured below) in Grandchester.

His three co-accused remain on the run.


EARLIER: Ipswich detectives have charged a man over a terrifying home invasion in which a couple was assaulted and restrained in their own home.

On January 13 this year, four men forced entry to a house on Glenn Ross Dve, Pine Mountain, assaulting a couple before tying them with duct tape.

Several items, including firearms, were stolen.

It will be alleged that the men then stole a vehicle from the address that was located later that morning burned out in Grandchester.

A 35-year-old Ipswich man has been charged with two counts each of deprivation of liberty and robbery and one count each of arson, enter a dwelling with intent and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

He will appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

Topics:  home invasion ipswich crime ipswich magistrates court pine mountain

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