Shepparton News

Three men set to face court


- By Monique Preston

Police have charged three men and seized a homemade firearm after an alleged aggravated home invasion in Ardmona last month.

Police were called to reports three men had forced entry to a Merrigum-Ardmona Rd home about 1 pm on August 19.

Police say that during the alleged home invasion two homemade firearms were produced by the men.

Three men have since been arrested and charged over the incident, with search warrants executed at Numurkah, Mooroopna and Shepparton addresses.

It is alleged a homemade firearm was found during the Numurkah search.

A 36-year-old Shepparton man, a 27-year-old Mooroopna man and a 39-year-old Numurkah man have been charged with aggravated home invasion with a firearm, home invasion with a firearm, aggravated burglary with a firearm, being a prohibited person possessing a firearm and two counts of common law assault.

The Mooroopna man has also been charged with possessing a drug of dependence, two counts of committing an indictable offence while on bail and failing to comply with an order to access a data storage device.

He has been remanded to appear at Shepparton Magistrate­s’ Court in November.

The Numurkah man, who was arrested on September 13, has been charged with an extra count of being a prohibited person possessing a firearm.

Both the Numurkah man and Shepparton man have been remanded in custody to appear in Shepparton Magistrate­s’ Court in December.

The police investigat­ion remains ongoing and anyone with informatio­n that could help police with their inquiries is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestopp­

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