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Alleged home invader attempts to strangle teen

A VIOLENT home invasion left three teenagers fighting-off a masked intruder when he tried strangling one youth and made threats to have men kill them.

The police allegations against Dylan John Krauss were made when he applied for bail in Gladstone Magistrates Court.

Police accuse Krauss, 20, of setting explosives off in the yard of a Boyne Island house at 7.30pm Wednesday then returning at 10pm where he attacked the 18-year-old.

Krauss, whose face looked bruised as he sat in the court dock, faces six charges: possession of explosives (fireworks) without authority on October 14; trespassing at The Promenade; using a carriage service - Facebook - to menace/harass; entering a house with intent; assault causing bodily harm; and making threats to kill various people likely to cause them fear of harm.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens opposed bail.

He said the victim was at the house on The Promenade on Wednesday night with his father, teenage sister and a girlfriend.

There had been a knock on the door and the father saw ignited fireworks in the yard but had not seen anyone.

His son later received a

Facebook message stating: "I hope you like that you dog."

Sgt Stevens said the family dog began barking at 10pm and when the youth walked out through a garage he saw a man staring at him.

The youth told police the man, who had a red bandana wrapped around his face covering up to his eyes, ran at him yelling "come on you dog".

The youth says he grabbed a mattock handle to protect himself with the intruder forcing him through the garage door into the house where he was thrown up against the gyprock wall, the impact causing a big hole.

Sgt Stevens said while being attacked, the youth yelled to his father for help.

His sister and girlfriend tried to grab the attacker who, it is being alleged, grabbed the youth by his throat with both girls punching the attacker in his face.

Sgt Stevens said one girl grabbed the attacker's groin causing him to release the youth.

The youth told police that when he asked the intruder who he was, the man said: "I'm your worst nightmare. I'm going to come back with six blokes and kill you all."

In opposing bail Sgt Stevens said Krauss "admits" taking fireworks to the house as he thought it would be funny.

He had also sent the

message and that it was wrong.

"He denies entering the house and says he was taking a short cut when he was taken into the house by men and assaulted by the girls," Sgt Stevens said.

"He denied threatening to kill anyone."

Mr Schubert refused bail saying it posed an unacceptable risk.

Topics:  boyne island gladstone magistrate court gladstone police



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