A JURY in Orange District Court has found Rodney James Bennett, 22, guilty of a home invasion in Orange in November last year in which a man was assaulted in front of his children.
Following the delivery of the guilty verdict late on Monday afternoon Bennett, who has been walking in and out of court each day as he was on bail, was taken into custody where he will remain until a date is set for his sentencing.
He faced the court pleading not guilty to the charge of aggravated break and enter.
Judge Chris Hoy imposed a non-publication order on the name of the victim to protect his children aged seven and 14 while he was giving evidence in the trial.
During five days of evidence last week the jury was played a portion of a recording made to triple-0 by the victim saying Bennett had come to his house, had made an attempt to force his way in and the victim feared for the safety of himself and his children.
The court also heard when the victim's phone fell on the floor as he was trying to push his little girl under the bed to hide, the line remained open to triple-0 and the operator was able to hear the assault in progress.
Part of that recording played in court played an important role in the prosecution's body of evidence.
On the second day of the trial as the victim was giving evidence, Judge Hoy granted a certificate of indemnity to the victim, saying it was paramount to tell the truth to the court and not fear prosecution as a result of his evidence.
During cross-examination by defence barrister Bill Walsh, the victim admitted he had been out in his shed smoking marijuana prior to Bennett's arrival at the house but denied he was 'stoned'.
The jury took just under two hours to return its verdict.