DETECTIVES have charged an Armidale man with wounding a resident during a violent home invasion earlier this week.
Elwyn Ahoy was arrested in Bracken St on Wednesday afternoon just a few blocks away from a house where he is alleged to have cut a man’s neck in the early hours of Monday.
He was questioned by Armidale detectives and charged with special aggravated break-and-enter and commit serious indictable offence namely wounding.
Ahoy fronted Armidale Local Court on Thursday morning but made no application for bail on the fresh charge which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years if found guilty.
Magistrate Michael Holmes ordered police to compile a brief of evidence and adjourned the case to next month.
Detectives allege the man broke into a Kentucky St home about 1am on Monday where a 67-year-old man was asleep.
The resident told officers he woke to find an intruder armed with a knife in his bedroom.
He called out and a 48-year-old man, who was in another room, came to his aid.
Police have been told the younger man challenged the intruder who then allegedly threatened and slashed the 48-year-old, causing a laceration to his neck.
The intruder ran from the scene and police were alerted.
The alleged victim was taken to Armidale hospital for treatment but was released the same day.
“This was a particularly nasty incident and above all else people must be able to feel safe in their homes and that’s why this investigation was of top priority for police,” New England Acting Inspector Matt Crotty told Fairfax Media.
“Police were working day and night trying to identify who was behind this and the community should feel safe now that we have made an arrest.
“We are still working round the clock to ensure a safer community, so we would urge members that if they see suspicious activity to call police and we will investigate.
“And if anyone does have information on that would assist police in investigations into property, drug or serious crime, we would urge them to work with officers and contact us.”
During the proceedings in court on Thursday, Ahoy pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of larceny and six counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception.
The charges stem from an incident where a woman’s bag was stolen and bank cards were fraudulently used.
He also pleaded guilty to custody of a knife.
Ahoy will be sentenced in December.