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Addict says he was paid to bash victims in home invasions

A CHILD abuse victim who was seduced into bashing a man he was told was a convicted sex offender will learn his fate next week.

Peter Daniel Graham appeared in Lismore District Court yesterday facing 16 charges over two brutal home invasions, including two counts of aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence in company and maliciously destroying or damaging property with intent to endanger life.

Graham, 26, of Glen Innes entered guilty pleas to all charges.

The charges relate to a home invasion and fire at East Lismore on October 6, 2013, and a home invasion and savage assault of three people at Richmond Hill just weeks later on November 16.

At the request of Graham's barrister, Gemunu Kumarasinhe, Judge L Wells imposed a non-publication order on the names of the three victims - a 74-year-old man, a 49-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman.

Yesterday, the female victim, who was severely bashed by Graham, told the court she had to undergo facial reconstruction surgery following the assault.

The woman said she experienced severe anxiety, flashbacks, problems sleeping and facial pain, and had been unable to work since the attack.

"The frightening assault on 16 November, 2013, almost killed me," she said.

The court heard Graham, a self-confessed drug addict who was in severe financial difficulty, had agreed to become a Crown witness against his three co-accused.

Graham said he was motivated to participate in the crimes after he was offered $2500 for his part in each incident.

Graham said he only received a total of $2800.

In a probation officer's report, Graham said he was sorry for his actions.

"Using drugs is no excuse to commit crimes like this," Graham said.

Mr Kumarasinhe requested Judge Wells consider a 50% reduction on Graham's sentence due to his early guilty plea and assistance to the Crown.

He asked Judge Wells to consider a sentence less than five years, with a lengthy parole period.

Topics:  crime, home invasion



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