Invaders get 10 years jail
WHILE two men responsible for a harrowing South Grafton home invasion will spend almost a decade behind bars, their accomplice still roams free.
South Grafton man Travis Braam, 21 and Clarenza man Andrew Mark Stewart, 24, were sentenced for their part in a brutal Bent St home raid in November 2010.
In November last year a Grafton Court heard how the two men pleaded guilty to two home invas- ions in nine days, one in which a woman was raped and a man had his finger dislocated.
Both were sentenced at the Downing Centre District Court last week, with Judge Anthony Garling handing Braam 15 years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of nine years and Stewart 15 years and six months, with a non-parole period of 10 years. The men won't be released until November 2019 and November 2020 respectively.
Grafton Police's Det Sgt Grahame Burke welcomed the tough sentencing.
"This result sends a clear message that these types of offences are considered extremely serious," Det Sgt Burke said.
"Any individual involved in a 'run in', as these types of offences are sometimes referred to by the criminal element, should expect a lengthy jail term when arrested."
Croydon man Ashley Jack Cullen, 20, was granted bail after pleading guilty to his involvement in the second of the two invasions. Grafton detectives confirmed a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear for sentencing.
Anyone who has seen Cullen is urged to contact Grafton Police on 6642 0222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000