A man accused of carrying out a terrifying hammer attack on one of Bec Judd’s neighbours has died before he was due to appear in court for the crime that sparked a debate about escalating crime in bayside Melbourne.
The April 28 home invasion had happened just a stone’s throw from Judd’s $7.3million mansion in Melbourne’s wealthy Bayside suburb of Brighton.
It was the catalyst for her dramatic calls for greater protection in one of Australia’s most affluent suburbs.
Bec Judd escaped Brighton last week to relax in Broome, in Western Australia
Scared: ‘So sick of the rapes, bashings and home invasions at the hands of the gangs in Bayside,’ Bec Judd wrote to Instagram
Daily Mail Australia can reveal the 22-year old Footscray man believed responsible for the attack died before ever facing a court over the attack.
Victoria Police confirmed on Tuesday the man was dead and it was not looking for anyone else over the home invasion.
Police would not reveal how the man died or what his name was.
He had been interviewed and sent on his way without charge after being apprehended by police.
At the time of his death, the man was awaiting aggravated burglary charges to arrive in the mail via summons.
In Victoria, an aggravated burglary conviction carries a whopping maximum sentence of 25-years in prison.
The home invasion, first reported in the Herald Sun, that shocked Judd into action happened under broad daylight.
The woman had entered her house to find a man rifling through her possessions.
A Victoria Police spokesman confirmed to Daily Mail Australia the offender produced a hammer and threatened to use it when the woman pulled out her phone to call police.
‘Investigators have been told a woman walked into one of the rooms of her Kinane Street home to find an unknown man going through her bag about 1.40pm,’ he said.
The armed intruder then forced the woman to hand over her phone.
‘The offender ran out of the house with the woman’s phone and purse and left the scene in a blue hatchback,’ a police spokesman said.
Daily Mail Australia has been told Judd’s neighbours flocked to help the terrified woman, who was not injured in the shocking home invasion.
It didn’t take long for detectives to catch up with the alleged home invader, who had crossed over from Melbourne’s western suburbs to prey on Brighton’s elite.
A gang of teenage home invaders stole a luxury car in Brighton and were later shot at by police
A neighbour of footy WAG Bec Judd endured a terrifying attack in her own home. The hammer wielding crook was caught by cops, but they let him go
BEC JUDD’S CAMPAIGN TO END BRIGHTON CRIMEWAVE
Judd last month claimed the state government didn’t ‘seem to care’ about the ‘rapes, bashings and home invasions at the hands of the gangs in Bayside’.
‘I personally know two women who have experienced home invasions in Brighton in the last few weeks while they were at home,’ she wrote on Instagram.
She reposted CCTV footage of a group of young men lurking outside properties in her affluent suburb and claimed it made her feel ‘unsafe’.
The teenagers, who were allegedly armed with knives, were filmed lurking outside several properties in the Bayside area before crashing a stolen BMW into a tree.
Pali jumped to the defence of her fellow social media star and said the backlash Judd received for her comments was unfair.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews mocked Judd’s comments at the time.
‘I say this respectfully to Bec Judd, or anybody – I don’t want anybody to feel unsafe,’ he said. ‘I’m sorry she feels that way. The data would tell a different story, but it is about personal feelings and your sense of safety,’ he said.
Judd sparked uproar last month when she said she felt ‘unsafe’ in Brighton following the home invasion on her neighbour.
Judd hit Instagram, where she has a whopping 785,000 followers, with claims the government ‘didn’t seem to care’ about the ‘rapes, bashings and home invasions at the hands of the gangs in Bayside’.
Mr Andrews took little time to swipe back, mocking her claims as ‘sweeping assessments’ and insisted: ‘I’m sorry she feels that way. The data would tell a different story.’
The furore stirred up by Judd’s comments saw Victoria Police launch Operation Ibis, with 500 officers targeting youth crime in the area.
After some initial blowback, Judd received praise for her strong stance against crime in her area.
Among her backers was reality TV friend, My Kitchen Rules star Zana Pali, who also took top Instagram to declared there was a ‘clear target’ on the Bayside which was causing ‘anxiety and fear among the community’.
But Judd’s fears of a ‘crimewave’ in her well-to-do suburb were shot down in flames by crime statistics released by Victoria Police last month.
In Bayside – the municipality which includes Judd’s homeland of Bright – actual offences dropped by 807 from 5,212 in 2021 to 4,405 at the end of March this year.
Bayside had the second lowest number of criminal offences recorded of any suburb across metropolitan Melbourne.
Bayside’s decline in offences is also the lowest since 2015, when crime ‘soared’ to 4,315 offences.
Victoria Police spokesman Joel Dwyer told Daily Mail Australia Bayside was one of the safest places to live in the entire state.
Police shot at the gang after they caught up with them in nearby St Kilda
My Kitchen Rules star Zana Pali backed Judd’s calls for more security in the Bayside area