Dispute sparks break-in

TWO men, including a 31-year-old from Freeling, have been arrested in relation to a targeted violent assault and break-in, involving a baseball bat, at a Two Wells home on Friday morning.

Stuart O’ Neill, 31, of Freeling, and Issaac Giordimania, 34, of Salisbury Downs, faced Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court as co-accused on Monday, both charged with seven different theft and violence-related charges.

The charges included one count each of aggravated serious criminal trespass, aggravated theft using force, aggravated intentionally cause harm, false imprisonment, aggravated threaten to kill, aggravated damage to property and dishonestly take property without consent.

Police will allege that in the early hours of last Friday, the two men, one a member of the Mongols OMCG, forced their way into a Two Wells home where a man and woman were inside asleep.

It will be alleged that the men assaulted the male occupant with a baseball bat and taser, and threatened him with a knife.

During the incident, three cars, three motorbikes, a van and trailer, and other personal items were stolen from the property.

Police later recovered the cars, motorbikes and trailer at a Blakeview address and Crime Gangs Task Force officers arrested the men on Saturday evening.

Police say the incident was not a random attack and was believed to be the result of a personal dispute.

The two men were remanded in custody to front Adelaide Magistrates Court, via video link, for a committal hearing on November 24.

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Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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