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Joshua Rae and Dion Welsh accused of home invasion shooting at Hamilton in December, 2017

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The home invasion, the shooting and the blood that matched two people SEARCH: Police investigate the shooting at a unit in Gordon Avenue at Hamilton on December 18 last year. Pictures: Dan Irwin
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SEARCH: Police investigate the shooting at a unit in Gordon Avenue at Hamilton on December 18 last year. Pictures: Dan Irwin

TweetFacebook SEARCH: Police investigate the shooting at a unit in Gordon Avenue at Hamilton on December 18 last year. Pictures: Dan Irwin THE FAT man with theblonde hair and the sawn-off shotgun spoke in a calming tone that belied the sudden tension in the room.

He and two others had just burst into a Hamilton unit, forcibly knocking one man aside when the fat man raised his gun to chest height and, without emotion, said “F—you, [victim’s name]”.

Then he fired, “blowing a large hole” in the victim’s face.

Detectives allege the fat man with the shotgun was 30-year-old Joshua Rae.

It was 10.30pm on December 18 last year and, in that initial moment, with the adrenaline pumping, the victim seemed to have no idea he’d been shot.

SEARCH: Police investigate the shooting at a unit in Gordon Avenue at Hamilton on December 18 last year. Pictures: Dan Irwin

He reached for an ornamental samurai sword and swung it at the second intruder, who was leaner, of Aboriginal appearanceand wearing a flannelette hoodie.

The sword pierced his skin and he began to bleed profusely. The blood was everywhere. On the blade, on the ground leading out of the unit and leaving a trail towards Parry Street andon the getaway car.

Those blood stains were later forensically examined and the DNA was found to be an identical match for two people – Dion Lee Welsh and his twin brother, Dwayne Eric Welsh.

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With that samurai sword strike, the victim had placed one of his attackers in the room with him.

But which brother was there?

A check with Corrective Services revealed that Dwayne Welsh was in jail in December2017, serving a three-and-a-half year sentence.

That pointed to Dion Welsh, who police arrestedat Wallsend on February 12 this year.

Detectives photographed a wound to Welsh’s forearm that they say was“in the process ofhealing”.

Mr Rae had been arrested three weeks earlier after allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit from Kempsey to South West Rocks.

The third man involved in the home invasion shooting remains unidentified.

Details of the prosecutioncase against Mr Rae and Mr Welsh can be revealedfor the first time after a statement of police facts was handed up to Magistrate Andrew Eckhold last week as part of a failed bail application for Mr Welsh.

Mr Welsh, 37, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murderunder an area of lawknown as joint criminal enterprise, which says you are as guilty as the person who committed the offence if you are present, assisting and know what is going on.

He applied for bail, questioning the strength of the prosecution case against him and claiming he had a sick family member in the community that he had to care for.

And while Mr Eckhold said the DNA“clearly placed” Mr Welsh in the house, there was not a lot of evidence to support the prosecution theory that he knew there would be a shooting.

SEARCH: Police investigate the shooting at a unit in Gordon Avenue at Hamilton on December 18 last year. Pictures: Dan Irwin

Witnesses had said Mr Welsh was carrying something in his hand. The nozzle looked like it was the end of a black pen. The police allege it was a firearm.

“The issue the prosecution has is establishing that [Mr Welsh] was armed and that he had this common purpose [to shoot the victim],” defence solicitor Ana Qvist told Mr Eckhold as part of the bail application.

DPP solicitor Tara Ehsman said Mr Welsh “would have attended the unit knowing the person he was with was armed with a sawn-off shotgun”.

Ultimately, Mr Eckhold said it would be too great a risk to grant Mr Welsh bail given the seriousness of the allegations and his criminal history.

“Your past is what haunts you,” Mr Eckholdsaid.

The man who was shot in the face at close range inside his home somehow survived.

As the three intruders fled, he became disorientated and hid in the bathroom where he and a woman applied towels and clothing to his wounds in an attempt to stem the bleeding.

He suffered extensive injuries to his face and is believed to have lost part of his tongue.

At the heart of the prosecution case against Mr Rae is an alleged conversation he had with an associate in the days after the home invasion shooting, during which he is accused of discussing details of the attack.

“I went in with Welshy and old mate stood up and he had a sword and swung it at Dion and cut him on the arm,” Mr Rae is alleged to have told the associate, according to the police facts.

“It was pretty bad and there was blood everywhere.

“He turned to me so I let one off at him and hit him in the side of the face.

“He sort of fell back against the wall or lounge. As he turned I could see half his face was hanging off and he was stumbling.

“It was crazy shit and we had to get out of there.

“We had to wrap Welshy’s arm up because it was bleeding so much.”

Mr Rae, who is charged with shoot with intent to murder, police pursuit and a number of other offences, also had his matter mentioned in Newcastle Local Court last week.

Both Mr Welsh and Mr Rae, who have not entered pleas, will next appear in court on October 24.

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