Balaclava bandits bash man in home

WHEN Charles Dunford's dog started barking on Sunday night he hardly expected five balaclava-clad bandits to burst into his Palmers Island home, bash him with lumps of timber and demand money.

But this violent home invasion happened at the residence of the 51-year-old fisherman. Yesterday, Mr Dunford was still in shock and nursing serious injuries.

“They were saying to me, ‘we are going to kill you and then we are going to kill your daughter ... we want the money',” he said.

“I have never experienced anything like this in my life ... I'm shell-shocked.

“I just don't want to live here any more.”

From 6.15pm, over a period of about 30 minutes, the assailants knocked most of Mr Dunford's teeth out, inflicted a large cut on his left arm with a knife attached to a stick, and left him sporting major bruises on the backs of his legs where they bashed him repeatedly with the lengths of timber.

““They just exploded through the front door and me and my daughter pushed them back through,” he said.

“Then they smashed through the glass sliding door.

“They belted me over the head and around the hands with the sticks and hit me with the knife on the stick.”

With his left arm bandaged, lips bloodied from his bleeding gums and visibly still in shock from the trauma of his attack, Mr Dunford expressed serious concerns about the incident's likely effect on his 17-year-old daughter and her infant child.

“This poor little girl put up with so much,” he said. “We are still in shock how it happened.”

Mr Dunford said he had been to Southport on Friday to buy a car, but when the transaction wasn't completed they came home with the cash.

He said he was sure the bandits had been tipped off he had themoney at home.

“People knew we were going back on Monday to pick the car up,” he said.

A degree of planning appeared to have gone into the attack.

To prevent the Dunfords from calling the police or medical help, the attackers took all the phones in the house.

Still shaking, Mr Dunford said he hoped the police caught them soon before they killed someone.

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