Man hid in bushes from robbers

A MARYBOROUGH disability pensioner who hid in a lane after escaping from two armed robbers wielding a samurai sword has given evidence in Maryborough Magistrates Court.

Brett Campbell Jones, 42, told the court he rang triple-0 from his mobile phone as he hid beneath trees in an alley near his Albert Street home.

Jones said he was watching his television in the early hours of September 27 when he answered a knock on his door.

Two hooded men followed Jones into his lounge, where one of the men produced a samurai sword and demanded the morphine Jones had been prescribed.

Police later charged Daniel Lucas Baumgart, 27, and Sebastian James Taurino, 29, with the home invasion and robbery.

Baumgart appeared in custody for committal proceedings in the Maryborough Magistrates Court this week.

Taurino will appear in the court later this month.

Baumgart has told his lawyer he was not involved in the offence.

Jones told the court Baumgart stood and watched as Taurino waved the sword around and then stole knives and money from him.

Jones said he managed to escape the house and fled to a nearby laneway until he saw the two men leave his house.

He had known both the accused pair for several months before the robbery.

Baumgart was committed to stand trial and was given bail on the condition he pay $5000 surety, live with his mother at Island Plantation, have no contact with Jones and comply with a 6pm-8am curfew.

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