Canberra teenager admits to violent home invasion

Updated October 26, 2017 13:31:46

A 19-year-old from Canberra has pleaded guilty to a terrifying home invasion involving a tyre iron, knife and baseball bat, which left two people seriously injured.

Sugimatatihuna Mena and another man entered a flat at the back of a Kaleen property in May, armed with the weapons.

Three people were in the flat at the time, watching a movie.

Court documents revealed that in a fight that followed, one victim was stabbed in the arm and another in the back.

Police said the victims fought back, hitting both Mena and the other man with the bat to drive them off, before chasing them up the road.

The court documents state that it was not until then that the man who had been stabbed in the back realised he had been injured.

His friends carried him into the main house, where they tried to stem the bleeding with a tea towel.

The man had suffered a punctured lung.

Mena was identified by police from blood found at the scene.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm, recklessly causing grievous bodily harm and trespassing with intent to commit a robbery.

He will appear in the ACT Supreme Court for sentencing later this year.

Topics: courts-and-trials, law-crime-and-justice, crime, canberra-2600, act, australia

First posted October 26, 2017 13:30:24