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A man has turned himself in to police over the assault and threatened murder of an elderly landowner at Loadstone, north of Kyogle, more than 900 days after the event took place.

The now 47-year-old man was allegedly an accomplice to the actions of a 27-year-old man, who threatened to cut off the property owner’s head with a machete in January 2016.

The 27-year-old has since been arrested and convicted but the 47-year-old had been on the run until now.

The pair, who were living on the Loadstone property at the time, became involved in an argument with the elderly owner of the property.

As the fight escalated, the property owner was punched in the face multiple times, struck with a wooden stake and had his mobile phone smashed.

‘Now you can’t call the police,’ the younger man told him.

The 27-year-old then forced the victim’s head onto a table and picked up a machete. He told the victim he was going to chop his head off.

The victim managed to escape and went to hospital where he was treated for significant injuries. When the victim returned to his property the next day he saw his car had been pushed down a gorge and a large amount of his property had been stolen.

Both alleged offenders fled interstate shortly after.

The now 29-year-old man was arrested in South Australia in January 2018 by South Australian and Casino detectives, and extradited back to NSW.

In April 2018 he was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment.

Yesterday the 47-year-old former Loadstone man – now living in Helensvale Queensland – surrendered himself to police at Tweed Heads. He had warrants for assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company of other, affray and intimidation executed on him.

He was refused bail to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court.


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