A VIOLENT home invasion in Orange on Monday has led to the arrest of two Moulder Street residents.
An elderly man was punched in the face several times while allegedly trying to stop the two people from taking his disabled grandson from the house.
Debbie Marcha Blimke, 33, and Jole Mark Bennett, 33, appeared in Orange Local Court on Tuesday.
They were arrested on Monday afternoon after they allegedly broke into the home of elderly residents Reginald and Dorothy Pearson at 3am that morning, saying they were taking the Pearsons’ grandson Aaron, aged 26, because they didn‘t think he was being properly cared for.
The Pearsons were in bed when Blimke phoned them, threatening to come to the house and remove the couple’s grandson, who she had met through the Labor party in Orange.
Shortly afterwards, Blimke and Bennett allegedly drove to the elderly couple’s house and forced their way through the front door, despite Mr Pearson pleading with the couple to leave.
During the altercation Blimke allegedly yelled at Mr Pearson, saying “I am going to kill you” to which Bennett replied, “I will give you a hand.”
When Mrs Pearson told the intruders the police were on their way, Bennett and Blimke left.
Police prosecutor Andy Bobin said Blimke was a flight risk.
“During an interview with police she said she didn’t worry about being charged because she would be on a plane to Texas in the USA the next day,” he said.
“Mr and Mrs Pearson are vulnerable people and they were terrorised.