Brutal home invaders now live behind bars

A WARWICK teenager has been jailed for eight years for his role in a brutal home invasion in which he viciously kicked a woman and left her for dead in her burning home.

Hunter Gabriel Murray-Costelloe was just 17 years old when he and four other men stormed the Dunwich Post Office and demanded cash from owner and resident Hetty Conlon.

The balaclava-clad group had started a fire at a nearby school shortly before the robbery to ensure Mrs Conlon's auxiliary firefighter husband was out of the residence.

A frightened Mrs Conlon was forced to hand over $23,000 in cash and valuables from her safe.

Tiege Lanczy Kalen Burns, 26, then doused the home in petrol and set it alight.

The Brisbane District Court last week heard that as the men exited the home, Murray-Costelloe returned and kicked Mrs Conlon in the face so severely it almost rendered her unconscious.

Fortunately she was able to escape the burning building but was left with severe facial injuries. The post office was destroyed in the blaze, which meant $420,000 in damage.

Murray-Costelloe, Burns and co-offenders Tama Moearara Teoting Edwards, 23, Bruce Issiah Walker, 26, and Jacob Warren Martin, 20, all pleaded guilty to charges including robbery, entering a dwelling with intent, arson and attempted arson.

Murray-Costelloe, who continued to commit property offences while on bail, also pleaded guilty to a charge of grievous bodily harm.

The now 19-year-old will be eligible to apply for parole in August 2016.

Burns was also sentenced to eight years jail and could be eligible for parole in January 2017.

Edwards was sentenced to five years jail but can apply for parole next year, and Walker can apply for parole on his four-year jail term next August.

Martin, who also pleaded guilty to attempting to destroy evidence, was sentenced to 18 months jail but has already been released on parole.



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