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Woman’s terror

as gang invades home

Glenda Kwek

May 17, 2011 – 1:04PM

A woman was hit with a baseball bat, sprayed in the face with capsicum and had her car set on fire in a violent home invasion in Sydney’s west last night.

Police said this afternoon the attack at Debby Way, Toongabbie, about 10pm may not have been random and the assailants may have been known to the woman.

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The 51-year-old victim was in the house with a toddler when the gang burst in through the front door.

The woman went to the backyard and tried to hide with the child, police said.

But as she ran to the side of the house, one of the gang members hit her arm with a baseball bat and sprayed capsicum in her face.

A bottle of accelerant was thrown into her 1998-model Holden Commodore sedan and set ablaze, police said.

The attackers then left.

The woman was treated at the house for her injuries, which were not specified, Detective Inspector Ian Woodward of Blacktown police said.

Police did not say if the woman was related to the toddler. There was also no further description of the attackers.

Detective Inspector Woodward said investigators were looking at whether the attack was related to a domestic incident.

But he added that nothing was stolen and police were treating the case as an assault.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said the attack “went on for a fair while” – about several hours.

“It started early in the night and [six youths] left and came back in three car loads. It finished when they set fire to the car and smashed all the windows at the front of the house.

“All the neighbours were frightened because the car’s on fire and all the houses are close together. It’s not a nice sight to have in your street.”

A police spokeswoman said it did it not appear there had been other similar attacks on the street in the past.

Investigators appealed for anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on             1800 333 000      .

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