Outlaw motorcycle gang associates charged after home invasion, TAS

Three known associates of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang have been charged after a home invasion in which a man was punched multiple times to the head, Tasmania Police say.

A 44 year old Ridgely man was sleeping in his home when he was woken by two men in his bedroom after they had allegedly forced entry through a rear door of the home about 12.30pm on Sunday 27 May.

A 36 year old Burnie man, who was carrying a tomahawk and a wooden baseball bat, and a 53 year old Latrobe man were both known to the alleged victim.

A 37 year old woman and a 29 year old woman, both of Burnie and known to the alleged victim, also entered the man’s home.

Police allege a verbal altercation took place, and the victim was allegedly punched 10-12 times to the head and the left side of his body during the incident.

The alleged victim escaped the home and alerted police at a nearby property. The man was taken to the North West Regional Hospital for treatment for severe chest pain, bleeding and suspected broken ribs.

Following a particular line of inquiry, police arrested the 53 year old Latrobe man, the 37 year old Burnie woman and the 29 year old Burnie woman that afternoon.

A 53 year old Latrobe man has been charged with aggravated burglary, Criminal Code assault and driving offences.

A 37 year old Burnie woman and a 29 year old Burnie woman were both charged with aggravated burglary and Criminal Code assault.

Investigations are continuing into the incident, particularly the location of the 36 year old Burnie man. Anyone with information should call Burnie CIB on 131444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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