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Elderly couple terrorised in violent home invasion

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 10/03/2019 Tom Livingstone

A gang of thugs are on the run after terrorising an elderly couple in their Brisbane home.

Armed with a tomahawk and hammers, three men smashed through the front door of June McConnell’s Wavell Heights home at about 6.30 on Friday night.

In what police have confirmed was a case of mistaken identity, the 76-year-old was startled when the group broke through her glass doors and began demanding to know where “Seb” was.

a man in a room: June McConnell said she ran to her front porch and started screaming for help after the gang broke in and began breaking her property. © 9news June McConnell said she ran to her front porch and started screaming for help after the gang broke in and began breaking her property. CCTV showed three men get out of a black sedan before they broke in and terrorised June McConnell at home. © 9news CCTV showed three men get out of a black sedan before they broke in and terrorised June McConnell at home.

“I ran, I was screaming, I ran out onto the front steps just calling for help. Help! Help! Help!” Ms McConnell told 9News.

“It was absolutely horrific, you have no idea,” Ms McConnell said.

Her frail 87-year-old husband was in the shower unaware of the chaos happening in the next room.

After leaving a trail of destruction in less than 45 seconds, the men left the McConnell’s home on Warril Street and were last seen travelling on foot down Thornton Parade.

a close up of furniture: Police believe the group were after a former neighbour when they broke in and started breaking property. © 9news Police believe the group were after a former neighbour when they broke in and started breaking property.

Police confirmed the man the group were seeking lived in the house next door to the McConnells and had moved out just six weeks earlier.

“They can rot in hell for me, they can go to jail,” Ms McConnell said.

Neither Ms McConnell or her husband were injured during the attack.

If you have any information that may help police with their investigation, contact Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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