Man charged with murder over Lake Macquarie home invasion death, NSW

A man has been charged with murder after the death of another man during a Lake Macquarie home invasion earlier this week, NSW Police say.

Emergency services were called to the home on Lonus Avenue, Whitebridge, about 2.30am on Monday (17 December 2018), and found a 60-year-old man with a serious injury to his arm.

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics; however, he died at John Hunter Hospital a short time later.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District established a crime scene and commenced inquiries.

Police will allege that three people – with their faces covered and armed with baseball bats and knives – broke into the home and attacked the man in his bedroom.

The man’s two brothers were home at the time but were not injured.

Following inquiries by detectives from Lake Macquarie Police District, assisted by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, officers arrested a 19-year-old man at a home on Warners Bay Road, Charlestown, about 8.45am yesterday (Wednesday 19 December 2018).

He was taken to Belmont Police Station and charged with murder.

The man was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Thursday 20 December 2018).

Investigations are continuing and police are still seeking two men in relation to the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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