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Man, 26, is charged over dousing mother and son, 2, in petrol in home invasion

Man, 26, is charged over shocking home invasion in which mother and son, 2, were doused in petrol and threatened with being burned alive

  • Luke Jacob Brazendale has been charged over Launceston home invasion in TAS
  • The 26-year-old man is alleged to have doused a mother and child in petrol
  • The January 9 attack believed to be in relation to retribution against another man

A 26-year-old man has been charged over a brutal home invasion during which a mum and her two-year-old son were doused in petrol and threatened with being burned alive.

Luke Jacob Brazendale of Devonport is alleged to have kicked down the front door of a Launceston house at about 7am on January 9 wearing a balaclava and threatening to set a mother and her child alight.

The attack is believed to have begun as retribution against another man, police allege. 

Luke Jacob Brazendale, 26, (pictured above in CCTV footage) has been charged over a home invasion during which a mum and her two-year-old son were doused in petrol

Police are still looking for a second man over the attack and a faded red Toyota Carolla (pictured) seen parked nearby at the time of the robbery

Police are still looking for a second man over the attack and a faded red Toyota Carolla (pictured) seen parked nearby at the time of the robbery

Brazendale and another masked man are alleged to have entered the Kay Street in Kings Meadows and threatened to set the 23-year-old woman and her child when they were unable to find the man.

‘It is believed that they were looking for a male occupant of the premises who was not present,’ police said. 

The woman was taken to hospital and her child escaped unharmed.

Two of the woman’s friends, at the house at the time, were also uninjured.

But a ‘significant amount’ of cash was stolen, police said.

The masked invaders fled after stealing a sum of cash, leaving the child frightened, but unharmed. 

Brazendale and another masked man are alleged to have threatenrf to set a mother and her child alight (stock image)

Brazendale and another masked man are alleged to have threatenrf to set a mother and her child alight (stock image)

Brazendale appeared in an out-of-session court hearing on Friday night charged with aggravated armed robbery and assault, police said in a statement on Saturday.

He was remanded in custody to reappear on Monday.   

Police are still looking for a second man over the attack and a faded red Toyota Carolla seen parked nearby at the time of the robbery.

‘Police are also looking for a 1998 faded red Toyota Corolla that was parked on Janet Street near Kay Street at the time of the robbery, and seen travelling on Southgate Drive, Kings Meadows, immediately after the robbery,’ Detective Acting Inspector John Parker of Launceston CIB said. 

It is unknown whether or not the incident was drug-related, but police confirmed the offenders were known to the occupants. 

Detectives are seeking information from anyone who may have CCTV footage or who may have seen two men in the vicinity of Kay Street. 

Anyone who has any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers.

 

 

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