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African thugs are chased off by Melbourne cancer patient


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A terminally ill woman chased off three African thugs who allegedly invaded her home and attempted to steal her car in the early hours of Wednesday morning. 

Kellie McElligott, 48 – who has ovarian cancer – woke to find the alleged intruders of African appearance in her Ascot Vale home, in Melbourne’s inner north-west, about 4.30am. 

She said the group were after her beloved Mercedes, which her husband Gerard McElligott gifted her only three months ago, 9 News reported.  

Kellie McElligott (pictured), 48, chased off three African thugs who allegedly invaded her home and attempted to steal her car in the early hours of Wednesday morning

She said the group were after her beloved Mercedes (pictured), which her husband Gerard McElligott gifted her only three months ago

She said the group were after her beloved Mercedes (pictured), which her husband Gerard McElligott gifted her only three months ago

‘I’m suffering from cancer, he decided to buy me one because I wanted it all my life,’ Mrs McElligott said. 

‘I’ve been through chemotherapy and I’ve opted not to go through anymore now. So there’s no more really that they can do.’

Mrs McElligott said she yelled at the group and called her husband who helped her chase them out of the house and down the street. 

She added: ‘It’s just amazing when adrenaline kicks in, what you can do.’

The alleged offenders hopped into a getaway vehicle with a set of stolen keys in hand, police said.    

Mr McElligott said the family has ‘been through enough’ and he was ‘annoyed’ by the alleged attempted theft.

About an hour later, another aggravated burglary took place at a home in nearby Essendon, police said.

Mr McElligott (pictured) said the family has 'been through enough' and he was 'annoyed' by the alleged attempted theft

Mr McElligott (pictured) said the family has ‘been through enough’ and he was ‘annoyed’ by the alleged attempted theft

The same group allegedly entered the home stealing phones, purses and the keys to a Holden Commodore. 

The car was then reversed out of the driveway and driven 10 kilometres to an address in Collingwood. 

Police tracked the group by tracing an iPhone that was allegedly stolen from the Essendon home.   

A 17-year-old and 15-year-old were arrested and charged with home invasion and theft of a motor vehicle. 

Both were remanded in custody to appear in children’s court at a later date.   

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