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28 August 2017

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■ A family and community refuse to be cowed by home intruders…

‘We’re not broken’ By Casey Neill A broken window. A broken finger. A broken skull. But not a broken community. Dandenong North is rallying around a Victor Avenue family of five that’s reeling following a terrifying home invasion. Silverton Cricket Club is leading a stand against violence in the community and a fundraising campaign to support Radmila and Pero. The couple, who did not want their surname published, were watching television about 10pm on Sunday 20 August when they heard a window break. “We just jumped and I opened the door. They were already at the door and pushing the door in,” Radmila said. “We tried to push them out.” There were four men, all perceived to be of African appearance and wearing hooded tops and face coverings. During the struggle, Pero was struck to the head and fell unconscious to the floor. He has a fractured skull. “I started to hit them,” Radmila said. One of her three daughters heard the commotion, found Pero surrounded by blood and started screaming. “The tallest one jumped in and hit me with a baseball bat,” Radmila said. They’d broken her finger. “I got really mad. I was just hitting them.” Pero came to and instinctively grabbed a candle holder and headed for the door. He said his first thought as he regained consciousness was that his family had been killed while he lay on the floor. Police arrived at the home within minutes. “It’s always been quiet, a good neighbourhood,” Pero said. But now they worry about their daughters. “Sometimes I think I’m going to sell this house,” Radmila said. “I don’t know what is going on.” Silverton Cricket Club president Shane King’s son goes to school at nearby Lyndale Secondary College. Continued Page 3

Kids speak up to shape the future of their city Greater Dandenong's youngest residents shared ideas to shape their city at a children's forum. Greater Dandenong Council hosted students from across the municipality, including Theresa and Dillon from Resurrection Primary School in Keysborough. See page 25 for the full story. 172065 Picture: GARY SISSONS

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