Jail for home in­va­sion at­tack

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - JES­SICA HOWARD

A MAN will spend up to three years in prison for his at­tack on Tas­ma­nian Pa­tient Health Group co-founder Jim Franke and his fam­ily in their home last year.

In the Supreme Court in Ho­bart be­fore Act­ing Jus­tice Pierre Slicer, Travis An­thony Mortyn, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of ag­gra­vated bur­glary and one count of at­tempted rob­bery.

On Au­gust 23, 2016, Mortyn, who was known to the Franke fam­ily, en­tered their north­ern sub­urbs home un­in­vited and de­manded money from Mrs Franke and her daugh­ter.

When Mr Franke came into the lounge room, Mortyn de­manded money from him also and when he was re­fused, punched Mr Franke in the stom­ach caus­ing him to fall back­wards and hit his head on a cabi­net.

As Mortyn left the house, he also punched Mrs Franke in the face. A CAT scan showed Mrs Franke had suf­fered an in­fra or­bital frac­ture to her left eye which re­quired surgery.

Mr Franke suf­fered pain to the stom­ach as he had had a stom­ach op­er­a­tion just three months prior.

“He has ter­mi­nal can­cer and has been de­clared as to­tally blind,” Act­ing Jus­tice Slicer said. “The stress of the home in­va­sion has ex­ac­er­bated his con­di­tion.

“This was a se­ri­ous case of home in­va­sion, an at­tempt to seize prop­erty and un­war­ranted at­tacks on de­fence­less peo­ple.”

Act­ing Jus­tice Slicer sen­tenced Mortyn to three years’ im­pris­on­ment, with six months al­ready served in cus­tody. He will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role after serv­ing a fur­ther 20 months.

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