Police were targeting those breaching Covid restrictions during Melbourne’s second lockdown, but one man took it a step further and committed a home invasion while infected. Picture: Luis Ascui / NCA NewsWireSource:News Corp Australia
A mother and two young children were subjected to a terrifying home invasion during Victoria’s second lockdown by a selfish criminal who was infected with Covid-19.
Moses Laula was sentenced to 26 months in a youth justice centre for home invasion, theft, and theft of a motor vehicle in the County Court of Victoria on Friday.
The Doveton man was 18 when he broke into a Cranbourne North home on August 6 last year while Melbourne was in stage-four lockdown, forbidding residents from leaving home for non-essential reasons – of which stealing was not one.
Laula also should have been in isolation because he was infected with the coronavirus.
He and another boy climbed a fence into the backyard about 10am, each wearing a black hoodie and blue face mask.
The mother was inside with her two children, aged five and six, when she saw them and began banging on the windows in an attempt to scare them away, a police summary of agreed facts says.
The hoodlums smashed a window and forced entry, demanding her phone and car keys and threatening her with a knife in front of her children.
“Give me your phone or I’ll stab your kid,” the other criminal, who cannot be named because he was 17, said, while pushing her.
She told them where her keys were and they stole her car, leaving her “visibly shaking, crying and extremely frightened”.
Less than 45 minutes later, the stolen car was spotted by police on the Princes Highway, speeding and weaving through traffic.
The other boy was driving and crashed into an unmarked police car, damaging it beyond repair and giving one of the officers a concussion.
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He kept going and Laula remained in the car as his co-offender switched to the wrong side of the road and collided with two other cars before he finally crashed into two parked cars and they were arrested.
Laula was bitten by a police dog in the arm and the co-offender was tasered as he tried to make a run for it during the dramatic arrest.
It was then discovered Laula was Covid-positive while he had been in the vicinity of the family he robbed, police, and hospital staff who treated him for the dog bite.
He was sentenced to spend two years and two months in custody by Judge Kevin Doyle.