New arrests for machete murder
ANOTHER four men and one youth were arrested in dramatic raids across Sydney yesterday afternoon and charged over the brutal machete murder of former Lismore man Kesley Burgess.
Detectives from Strike Force Whiley and heavily-armed Tactical Operations Unit police took no chances apprehending the alleged offenders, meeting ‘force with force’.
The men and the youth were interrogated over three home invasions,including the savage attack on Mr Burgess, 25, at his Lurnea home in south-west Sydney on July 1.
All five were charged with the murder of Mr Burgess, plus a string of special aggravated break and enter offences, and refused bail.
Mr Burgess grew up in Lismore before moving to Sydney and still has family living in this area.
Police have now arrested 10 people over his death.
The strike force officers believe they have smashed a gang of violent offenders who picked their targets indiscriminately.
Tomasi Natuba, 19, from Doonside, near Parramatta, was arrested on July 3 leaving Bankstown Hospital and charged with Mr Burgess’s murder.
Four other men, aged between 18 and 22, were arrested that night and charged with conspiracy to murder and being armed with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.
Kesley Burgess died the day after being slashed multiple times with a machete while trying to defend his mother and girlfriend during a violent home invasion at his Lurnea homeon July 1.
He locked his 47-year-old mother and girlfriend in his bedroom when four men armed with a machete and an axe entered the house.
The invaders slashed his mother’s hand before attacking him and making off with Mrs Burgess’s handbag.
Mr Burgess was rushed to Liverpool Hospital where he died the following day from a major loss of blood.
He had wounds to most of his body, including his legs, wrists and ankles.