Accused violent home invader spills beans on accomplices
ONE of three alleged perpetrators of two violent home invasions at East Lismore and Richmond Hill last year has rolled over on his accomplices to become a Crown witness.
Brandon James Green, 21, appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday, facing charges including attempted murder, aggravated break and enter and maliciously destroying or damaging property with intent.
Having spent time in Sydney's notorious Long Bay Jail, he appeared in court dressed in a suit and tie as his mother watched from the public gallery.
The charges relate to Green's alleged involvement in an East Lismore home invasion and fire on October 6, and violent home invasion and robbery at Richmond Hill on November 16.
Green's co-accused, 48-year-old David John Reynolds was excused from appearing by Magistrate Jeff Linden.
It is alleged Reynolds, Green and Peter Graham, 26, forced entry into a home in Spring St, East Lismore, and assaulted the 74-year-old male occupant.
Reynolds, Green and Graham then allegedly tied up the man, before setting fire to the home and fleeing the scene with a number of items and the man's white Suzuki panel van.
Then at about 10pm on November 16, Reynolds, Green and Graham allegedly forced entry into a house on Richmond Hill Rd and assaulted a 55-year-old woman, a 49-year-old man and the 74-year-old man.
The trio allegedly stole a number of items, including a white Holden Commodore sedan, before fleeing.
On Tuesday the court heard Graham had agreed to give evidence against Reynolds and Green.
"The co-accused is now a Crown witness," prosecutor Ms Coxon said.
The court heard Graham was to be sentenced in Lismore on October 16 and could not give evidence until after that date.
"Magistrate Heilpern made a finding that Mr Graham is not compellable until after sentence," Ms Coxon said.
Magistrate Jeff Linden adjourned Reynolds's and Green's matters until October 21.