News

Knife-wielding thief hides under mum's bed

JHAKAI Williams is a very frightened little boy after a stranger broke into his house and was found hiding under his mother's bed.

The nine-year-old Casino Public School student had been lying in bed last Tuesday night, in his Convent Parade home in Casino, when he saw a movement out of the corner of his eye at his bedroom door.

"I saw someone out of the corner of my eye at my door and I didn't know who it was," he said.

"Then I walked into my brother Cleveland's room and I was singing out to mum 'who's here?' and she said 'no one, it's just us'."

Jhakai said he followed his mum out to the loungeroom and when he looked around he looked down the hallway and saw a man with a white t-shirt around his head and holding a knife, under his mum's bed.

Jhakai's mum, Lucinda Sutherland, screamed at the man to get out of the house and threatened him with a beach umbrella, the closest implement at hand.

The man came from around the bed, holding what looked like a steak knife threateningly, at the young family before he ran into the bathroom and jumped out of the window.

Single mum Lucinda Sutherland with younger son Jhakai Williams, 9 in the room where an intruder was found under her bed.
Single mum Lucinda Sutherland with younger son Jhakai Williams, 9 in the room where an intruder was found under her bed. Samantha Elley

"I am really, really scared," Jhakai said, even resorting to sleeping at the neighbour's house for two nights shortly after the incident.

The police were called and searched the house.

"All they saw was the bathroom window wide open," Ms Sutherland said.

"They looked around the yard but didn't find anything.

"He stole my mobile phone and a packet of cigarettes."

Ms Sutherland said the intruder looked like a caucasian man wearing a white t-shirt with a pattern on the left sleeve and black shorts.

If anyone saw anything in the vicinity of Convent Parade about 10.30pm on Tuesday, October 11, contact Casino Police on 6662 0099.

Topics:  casino convent parade editors picks intruder jhakai williams lucinda sutherland


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Beware market forces in solving affordable housing crisis

HOME BOY: Byron Shire Councillor Paul Spooner is pushing for more affordable and social housing.

Councillor warns market will not solve affordable housing crisis

Byron woman should be jailed for eight years: Prosecutors

Australian Sara Connor and her British boyfriend David Taylor  (AAP Image/Johannes Christo)

Prosecutors stopped well short of recommending the maximum 12 years

World champion surfer's shark repellent solution

Dual world champion surfer Tom Carroll is surfing Lennox Head this week to educate local wave-riders about potential shark repelling devices.

Surfboard device to benefit sharks and surfers

Local Partners

Novel with lots of heart

Be transported to another world with A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

Neil Finn to headline Bluesfest

Neil Finn, of Crowded House fame, will play in Byron Bay with his wife Sharon and their band The Pyjama Club on June 11.

DON'T dream, it's not over, Neil Finn to hit the stage

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566

This is what a cool $11.9m can get you

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!