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Children Armed with Knife Fought Off Home Invaders in Tarneit.


Kaleedre Andrew


During a home invasion, an 11-year-old boy and his 8-year-old sister armed themselves with a rolling pin and kitchen knife to defend themselves from two teenagers who allegedly broke into their home.

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The home in Tarneit was allegedly broken into at about 5am by 18 year old Kaleedre Andrew and another teenager.

The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard Andrew’s guilty pleas on Friday to charges of stealing a vehicle and trespassing.

In a police summary, it was alleged that the two teenagers approached a woman in her bed and forced her to hand over her car keys.

It is reported that the woman’s eldest daughter confronted the pair and was pushed to the ground, which resulted in her head being stomped on, the Herald Sun said.

A knife and a rolling pin were used by her eleven-year-old brother and eight-year-old sister to expel the alleged intruders.

The police summary stated the pair drove off with a third person before being chased by police, crashing into a pole, and being arrested.

According to Senior Constable Hayden Chalmers, the home invasion traumatised the family, and a child still sleeps with a knife under their pillow to this day.

All of them are completely traumatized… The home invasion has left them terrified, he said, calling it one of the worst he’d ever experienced.

In court, Andrew’s parents sat on either side of him via video link.

According to him, he was impaired that morning due to alcohol, marijuana, and Xanax, resulting in hazy memories. 

He pleaded guilty in exchange for aggravated home invasion charges being dropped and will face court for a pre-sentencing hearing on August 22. 

A 16-year-old and 17-year-old boy were denied bail when they previously faced the Children’s Court.