Pensioner terrified

Shelly Dean, who suffers from progressive MS, barricaded herself in her room with her dogs when her home was attacked. 179676_05 Pictures: KYRA GILLESPIE

By Kyra Gillespie and Brendan Rees

A group of thugs including boys from Cranbourne have been charged with aggravated home invasion after allegedly storming into a Berwick home and terrorising an elderly pensioner last weekend.
Police allege ten teenagers raided a house on Michelle Drive where they stole a gaming console just before 2.30pm on Saturday, April 7.
A mobile phone was also allegedly stolen from a fast food restaurant on Clyde Road a short time later.
Casey Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged 10 youths following the theft and home invasion.
Five boys from Cranbourne, aged 14 to16, and a 15 year-old Cranbourne North boy were among those charged.
They were bailed to appear in a Children’s Court at a later date.
An 18-year-old Narre Warren man was also charged and remanded to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, April 9.
A 13-year-old Hampton Park boy and a 16-year-old Narre Warren South boy will be charged on summons with theft related offences.
Two 15-year-old Pakenham boys were also charged with aggravated home invasion and will face the Children’s Court.
Disability pensioner Shelly Dean says she barricaded herself in her bedroom when the youths smashed their way into her Berwick home and allegedly bashed her autistic son.
CCTV footage shows the daylight raid, where the brazen youths stormed into Ms Dean’s front yard armed with baseball bats.
One young man is seen kicking the front door repeatedly shouting abuse.
“I was terrified, when they first came in I thought they had guns,” Ms Dean said. “It was very very scary.”
Her son’s 16-year-old girlfriend, who asked not to reveal her name, said she was holding the front door shut in an attempt to keep the intruders from entering.
“I slammed the door in their faces and held it shut while they tried to break in,” she said.
When they couldn’t get in the front, some of the youths can be seen running down the side of the house and smashing a CCTV camera while another films the rampage on a mobile phone.
The youths allegedly assaulted Ms Dean’s autistic teenage son with a bat and stole a video game console and $400 cash.
Ms Dean, who suffers from progressive multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair, said she is now terrified to leave the house.
“We moved here nine years ago and it’s become so bad … This has become a really scary area,” she said.
Ms Dean said she had little faith in the justice system.
“They’re just going to get a slap on the wrist and end up out on the street again, what if they come back?” she said.
“We want to move but because I need specialised disability housing it can take years and I can’t afford a private rental.”


  1. The “victim” is well known for harboring young youth to sell drugs for her personal benefit. She is a lier, manipulator and a family breaker! She is of the belief she can traffic drugs of all forms and not be noticed. She is an enabler! She tried to include me and my friend in her enterprise of buying and selling drugs, she is not the victim, she is the kingpin! She is playing the system and has got the media under her grasp.
    Her 16 yo son is not the innocent party either, he harrases innocent people just his mother. They both do drug deals in public. She insinuates her son is intellectually disabled but infact, he is a very naughty and spoilt boy. Victoria Police are there 3-4 a month. This is a DHS property funded by the Australian taxpayers! Their property is completely vanderlized by their OWN doing. Media need to be aware that they have been duped again! Probably in the media’s best interest to get their facts right! They are supporting traffickers!

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