A 13-YEAR-OLD boy has been released from custody on bail after he was charged in connection to an alleged group break-in that ended with a man being knifed in the torso.
The teenager, who cannot be identified, was arrested after police claim he was found hiding inside the home of a man who was stabbed after a group of men allegedly broke into his home and stole his belongings.
The accused fronted children's court on Wednesday and did not enter pleas to charges of aggravated break and enter while armed, and breaching bail.
The magistrate granted the teenager strict conditional bail and ordered him to appear in court when the matter is called again in early December.
Police are working to track down a band of unidentified men who they said were last seen escaping the Bowdens Lane home in an allegedly stolen Volkswagen Polo.
Oxley officers and ambulance paramedics were called to the Moore Creek home just after midnight on Wednesday following reports of a break-in and stabbing.
A 51-year-old man was recovering in Tamworth hospital in the hours after he suffered a stab wound to his torso and injuries to his hands.
Police later spotted the getaway Volkswagen Golf partially burnt out in Coledale during a search of the surrounding areas.
The 13-year-old accused was assisting police with their investigations on Wednesday after police claim they found him hiding inside the home when they arrived.
Detectives combed the scene in the hours after the alleged incident and a number of items were seized for forensic examination.
Police have urged anyone with information, CCTV or dashcam footage from the area around the time of the alleged offending to make a report to Tamworth police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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