UPDATE 5.30pm: Three people charged with aggravated home invasion in White Hills are facing a minimum of three years behind bars, a court has been told.
The state government brought in mandatory minimum sentences for aggravated home invasion in July this year.
Bradley McEniry, 21, Codie Turner, 22, and Jayden Keene, 21, faced the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Monday in relation to the alleged home invasion in White Hills on Sunday morning.
The three were released on bail to appear in court on January 10. Police did not oppose bail as the three are “young and have a limited history”, the court heard.
Magistrate Patrick Southey said they were facing a lengthy time behind bars, unless they could prove to a County Court judge that their offending was only a special circumstance.
“If they do the right thing, they might not have to go to jail for three years,” he said.
The court heard alcohol was the main factor in the alleged offending, and the three have been barred from drinking until their next court appearance in January. No one was injured in the incident and no items were stolen.
EARLIER: Three people will front court on Monday in relation to a home invasion in White Hills at the weekend.
Detectives have charged a 21-year-old White Hills man, a 22-year-old Quarry Hill woman and a 21-year-old Quarry Hill man with aggravated home invasion.
They will face Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
It is alleged that about 4.30am Sunday, the 25-year-old male occupant of the home awoke to the sound of a door being kicked in and found three people inside, who then fled.
No one was injured in the incident.