Machete attack accused Thomas Ealam hid in bushes

A man accused of a machete attack has been granted bail.
A man accused of a machete attack has been granted bail. Nine News

AN 18-year-old man charged over a violent robbery that left a Coombabah mother with horrific facial injuries after being sliced with a machete in her own home ran and hid in bushes, his lawyer says.

Thomas Ealam, 18, was granted bail in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning charged with two counts of acts intended to maim and stealing following the early Saturday morning attack that left Ingrid Brown, 35, with a mouth-to-ear gash.

The charges came after Ealam and his stepbrother Clint Hall, 35, allegedly arrived at the home Ms Brown shared with her partner, Michael Liddell, about 2am Saturday July 1 and tried to steal copper wire from an adjoining Kangaroo Av building site.

Ms Brown and Mr Liddell had words with the men and they left, but less than two hours later they allegedly returned armed with machetes.

During the attack Mr Liddell suffered a cut to his forearm, while Ms Brown's face was seriously slashed, requiring major reconstructive surgery.

The court this morning heard Ealam was not involved in the alleged attack and left the scene after his stepbrother told him to "run". He then hid in bushes.

Ingrid Brown was the victim of a machete attack.
Ingrid Brown was the victim of a machete attack. Nine News

Lisa Searing, of Buckland Allen Criminal Law, told the court the pair thought they had dropped an iPad when leaving the property the first time and Hall allegedly returned to collect it before the alleged injuries were sustained to the residents.

Ms Searing told the court while on bail Ealam hoped to find work so he could save money to pay compensation, should it be necessary in the future.

She said the 18-year-old had no criminal history and had played a "very minor role" in the alleged incident.

Ealam was granted bail on the condition he stay away from the complainants and witnesses in the matter.

He will return to court on August 15.

Hall has made no application for bail.

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