ARMED HOME IN­VA­SION

Teenagers to stand trial af­ter court told of al­leged break-in, gun­shot

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - RUSTY WOODGER

TWO teenagers have been com­mit­ted to stand trial over a ter­ri­fy­ing armed home in­va­sion in Leopold.

A shot was al­legedly fired when sev­eral masked men forced their way into the Bel­lar­ine High­way home on Novem­ber 2 last year.

Fa­ther-of-two Dale McDon­ald told Gee­long Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day he saw a gun pointed at his face sec­onds af­ter the shot was fired.

Shane Fos­ter, 19, and Wol Wol, 18, are fac­ing nu­mer­ous charges over the in­ci­dent and were yes­ter­day or­dered to face a County Court trial.

Charges against an­other man, Mur­sal Biel, were thrown out due to in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

Po­lice al­lege Mr Wol and two other men went to the home with the in­ten­tion of steal­ing a GTS Com­modore that had been staked out days ear­lier.

Sleep­ing in­side the home was Mr McDon­ald, his wife and teenage son.

Ap­pear­ing in the wit­ness box, Mr McDon­ald said he woke shortly be­fore 2am to a loud noise out­side the home.

When the truck driver went down­stairs to in­ves­ti­gate, he said he saw sev­eral masked men stand­ing at his front door, in­clud­ing one armed with a gun.

Mr McDon­ald said he ran for cover as the men kicked in the door, be­fore the gun­man cor­nered him and made de­mands for cash.

Af­ter the gun-tot­ing ban­dit went to fol­low the other men up­stairs, Mr McDon­ald said he pur­sued him, be­fore hear­ing a gun­shot and see­ing the firearm aimed at him.

“I said to him: ‘ Shoot me. Shoot me’,” Mr McDon­ald said.

The men then fled the home into a wait­ing car be­fore driv­ing away.

Po­lice claim text mes­sages sent be­tween Mr Fos­ter and Mr Wol show they were plan­ning the heist up to four days be­fore it hap­pened.

On Oc­to­ber 28, Mr Wol al­legedly sent a mes­sage to Mr Fos­ter read­ing: “You le­git? 2-3k for it? Word cuz. If you can find a GTS ... I’ll give.”

Mr Fos­ter al­legedly re­sponded: “Try make sure you get it. Just force it or some sh--. It will be worth $$. Trust.”

Two days later, it is al­leged Mr Wol wrote to Mr Fos­ter: “Hey G ... I think I might come with one per­son or two.”

Mr Fos­ter al­legedly replied: “Yeah two or three would be fine.”

Fol­low­ing the al­leged in­ci­dent, po­lice found a used shell cas­ing in­side the home, but no bul­let.

The 22-cal­iber firearm be­lieved to have been used in the in­ci­dent was not re­cov­ered un­til Fe­bru­ary, how­ever, in­ves­ti­ga­tors were un­able to find any fin­ger­prints on it.

Mr Fos­ter, of Thomp­son, has been charged with con­spir­acy to com­mit a rob­bery and at­tempted car theft.

Mr Wol, of Mel­bourne, faces charges in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated home in­va­sion and reck­less con­duct en­dan­ger­ing life.

Both men have pleaded not guilty.

They were re­manded in cus­tody and will re­turn to court next month.

SHOCKED: Vic­tim Dale McDon­ald speaks out­side his Leopold house in Novem­ber last year af­ter armed men al­legedly forced their way in­side.

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