How a selfish thief infected with Covid-19 exposed a mother and two young children to the deadly virus during a brazen home invasion when he was meant to be self-isolating
- Moses Laula sent to a youth justice centre after home invasion in Melbourne
- Teenager and another youth broke into a home last August in Cranbourne North
- After threatening a mother of two with a knife, they stole her car and fled scene
- The thieves then ran into police, smashing into a number of cars, before arrest
- It was later revealed Laula was infected with Covid-19 at the time of offending
A callous thief infected with Covid has been jailed after terrorising a family in their home when he was supposed to be self-isolating.
In the County Court of Victoria on Friday, teenager Moses Laula was sentenced to 26 months in a youth justice centre for home invasion, theft and theft of a motor vehicle.
He was 18 when he burgled the Cranbourne North home, in Melbourne’s south-east, on August 6 last year.
At the time, Melbourne was in a stage-four lockdown, with residents only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons.
Moses Luala was jailed for 26 months on Friday in a Victorian court after a terrifying home invasion last August in Melbourne’s south-east – he was also Covid positive at time of the offending (stock image)
At the time of Moses Laula’s crime spree, he was Covid positive and Melbourne was in lockdown (pictured, shoppers finally returning to the CBD after the latest lockdown)
Laula, who was infected with the coronavirus, also should have been self-isolating.
The court heard Laula and another offender illegally entered the property on August 6 around 10am.
Both were wearing black hoodies and blue face masks in a bid to conceal their identity.
The mother was inside with her two children, aged five and six. When she spotted the co-offenders, she banged on the windows in a hopeful attempt to scare them off her property.
The two thieves smashed a window to gain entry into the house, before threatening the trio with a knife, according to news.com.au.
‘Give me your phone or I’ll stab your kid,’ the other criminal, who cannot be named because he was 17, said.
The brazen youths then stole the woman’s car, before fleeing the scene.
Just under an hour later, the duo were seen by police on the Princes Highway, speeding through traffic in dangerous scenes.
Next they crashed into an unmarked police car, writing off the vehicle.
An officer was also left with a concussion following the incident.
The offenders smashed into a series of others cars before they were finally arrested.
The court also heard a police dog bit Laula on the arm, with his co-offender tasered after trying to flee the scene on foot.
It was then discovered the family he robbed, police and hospital staff who treated Laula for the dog bite were all potentially subjected to the Covid infection.
Judge Kevin Doyle sentenced Laula to two years and two months in custody.