CHAIN RE­AC­TION

Heat­ley man fends off home in­vaders with chainsaw and tri­dent

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A HEAT­LEY man has told how he chased off two thieves with a tri­dent and a chainsaw dur­ing a home in­va­sion.

Boyes Court res­i­dent Johnny Smith said the two men came into his home last week while he and a friend were play­ing video games in the liv­ing room. Mr Smith said there was a knock on the door about 9.30pm last Tues­day and he opened it ex­pect­ing a friend but in­stead faced a young man he didn’t know.

“All of a sud­den all we heard was the back door open­ing and an­other man walked through the back door,” he said.

The men de­manded money but Mr Smith grabbed his tri­dent, a comic book replica, and lunged.

“He screamed like a girl,” he said.

HE SCREAMED LIKE A GIRL. IF HE HADN’T MOVED HE WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN WALK­ING REAL WELL.

A HEAT­LEY man has told how he chased off two men with a tri­dent and a chainsaw dur­ing a home in­va­sion.

Boyes Court res­i­dent Johnny Smith said the two men came into his home last week while he and a friend were play­ing video games in the liv­ing room.

Mr Smith said there was a knock on the door about 9.30pm last Tues­day night and he opened it ex­pect­ing an­other friend but in­stead faced a young man he didn’t know.

“He walked in, asked for some guy and I said he didn’t live here,” Mr Smith said.

“All of a sud­den all we heard was the back door open­ing and an­other man walked through the back door.

“I had a tyre iron against the wall and the first guy reached down grabbed it and started yelling and then the guy who came through the back door slammed me up against the wall, de­mand­ing money.”

He said he ini­tially tried to tell them his wal­let was in his car, but they wouldn’t let him get it.

“So I said ‘ it’s in my spare be­d­room’ and they let me go into the spare room where I grabbed the tri­dent just around the door,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith said he then lunged at the clos­est man with the weapon, a replica of the tri­dent used by fic­tional su­per­hero Aqua­man.

“He screamed like a girl,” he said. “If he hadn’t moved he wouldn’t have been walk­ing real well.”

Mr Smith said he then grabbed a chainsaw from where it was sit­ting on his wash­ing ma­chine and started it, chas­ing the two men out the door.

“They’ve then tried to steal a car from out­side so I’ve run out with the chainsaw,” he said.

“That’s the quick­est I’ve ever seen peo­ple squeeze through a gap in a fence and run off.”

Mr Smith said he found it easy enough to keep his cool dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

“I’m from Dar­win, I’ve worked in build­ing and stuff ... we got brought up hard and rough,” he said.

“I guess I knew as soon as I got the tri­dent I knew the ta­bles had turned

“Maybe they might think twice about go­ing to some­one else’s house next time.”

Mr Smith said the men man­aged to steal two mo­bile phones and a gold bracelet.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Fred Starr, from the Kir­wan Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch, said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were on­go­ing, but po­lice had not lo­cated the men.

“There are peo­ple on the street who hadn’t ac­tu­ally ob­served the in­ci­dent but have been able to as­sist,” he said.

Sgt Starr said the chainsaw had been heard by neigh­bours, but had been used more as a fright­en­ing tool than a weapon.

“I think he took the op­por­tu­nity to grab the chainsaw he’d used trim­ming some trees as a scare tac­tic,” he said.

“He cer­tainly star­tled them.”

Pic­ture: ZAK SIMMONDS

Pic­ture: ZAK SIMMONDS

SCARE TAC­TICS: Heat­ley res­i­dent Johnny Smith with the chainsaw and tri­dent he used to chase two rob­bers out of his home last week.

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