A young Wollongong City Council apprentice accused of punching a Figtree man in the face because the pair had past "ups and downs" during a violent home invasion turned robbery has been refused bail.
Bellambi's Vettori Dargin is accused of joining Cayden Collis, Tyson Komainadravusa, all aged 18, and another man in covering their faces and storming the St George Avenue home on Monday afternoon in the hopes of securing up to three pounds (450 grams) of cannabis, expensive gaming equipment and possibly $60,000, which they believed the victim had inside the home at the time.
Instead, the group allegedly made off with a watch worth $1k, an Xbox and controller valued at $800, a Louis Vuitton glasses case, a Gucci bag worth $1400, a pair of TN sneakers valued at $250, and $900 worth of cannabis.
Police allege the group were going to sell the haul and split the money.
Dargin, whose partner is pregnant, was arrested at his home on Wednesday afternoon before being taken to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged with aggravated break and enter with intent to steal while armed, the same as his co-accused.
The civil construction worker was interviewed and allegedly "made admissions" about being involved in the home invasion.
In documents tendered to court, police allege Dargin admitted to being in possession of a kitchen knife throughout the incident but denied pointing it at or threatening anyone with it.
It will be alleged Dargin further admitted to punching the victim because "they've had their ups and downs".
Magistrate Claire Girotto refused to release Dargin on Thursday in Wollongong Local Court because she said he posed an unacceptable risk that could not be mitigated by conditions.
Co-accused Collis was arrested on Monday afternoon and was subsequently granted strict conditional bail in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, police arrested Komainadravusa at his Bellambi home on Tuesday afternoon. Police will allege they discovered the bulk of the stolen items in a bag inside the house.
Komainadravusa faced court on Wednesday where he successfully applied for release on bail to live with his grandmother in Windang under curfew.
The trio are banned from contacting each other.
Documents tendered to the court reveal Collis allegedly drove the group to the Figtree home, where they covered their faces with masks or t-shirts and knocked on the door of the downstairs garage.
The victim opened the door, at which time the group barged into the home. Komainadravusa allegedly grabbed the victim by the neck and pointed a knife at his throat as Collis armed himself with a nearby baseball bat.
The victim told police Komainadravusa forced him into an adjoining bedroom and demanded money.
Meanwhile, there were four female witnesses in the home, one of whom allegedly began filming the encounter.
Police will allege Dargin, Collis and another co-accused began ransacking the home, picking up items and placing them in a duffle bag.
The victim's brother walked downstairs and saw what was occurring, prompting him to run back up the stairs and lock the door into the main house.
This startled the group, before Dargin approached the victim and allegedly punched him in the side of the face saying, "you better not f--king say anything" before the four men ran to Collis' vehicle and fled the scene.
Collis allegedly drove his three companions to a service station where they purchased drinks, before driving them to Komainadravusa's house to store the allegedly stolen goods, where they also split the cannabis and then parted ways.
Police will allege video recorded by one of the women inside the home partially captures the events, including showing Komainadravusa holding the victim by the scruff of his jumper, and Collis rummaging through the lounge room before packing the Xbox into a duffle bag.
During an interview with detectives, Komainadravusa allegedly told police the stolen items found in the bag were to be sold to "whoever could locate a buyer and the profits would to be equally split between the four".
All cases will return to court in September.
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