Broome man Zeus Mckenzie ‘kicked door down’ during terrifying Djugun home invasion

Jane MurphyBroome Advertiser
Broome Courthouse and gardens.
Camera IconBroome Courthouse and gardens. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr/Broome Advertiser

A Broome man has been imprisoned over a terrifying home invasion which saw him kick down the front door of a Djugun home while its occupants were inside.

Zeus Mckenzie, 32, was handed a 21-month prison sentence after he was found guilty of two counts of criminal damage and one count of aggravated home burglary which occurred on the night of November 17, 2021.

Mckenzie was accompanied by two co-accused when he arrived at a house in the Broome suburb of Djugun between 10.50pm and 11.05pm with the intention of confronting one of the male occupants at the address whose son was also inside.

It was found that the victim was known to Mckenzie and the two had previously had a disagreement.

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After calling out to the victim several times to exit the house, Mckenzie grew angry, punched the wing mirror and side door of the victim’s Holden Commodore sedan, snapping the mirror from the car and leaving a sizable dent in the body.

With no response from the victim, Mckenzie approached the front veranda and banged on the bedroom window, calling to the victim.

He then approached the locked front door and kicked it down, allowing the group access into the house.

Mckenzie ignored reproaches from other occupants of the house and made a bee-line for his victim’s bedroom door.

With a brick paver, the offender attempted to gain entry to where the man hid, smashing the top half of the door, all the while challenging the victim to a fight.

Eventually, the victim left his room to confront Mckenzie.

Repeatedly refusing to fight the man, the victim contacted the police.

The offender was arrested two days later.

In Broome District Court last week, Mckenzie was handed a sum of 21 months imprisonment for the three charges, backdated to November 19, 2021.

He will be eligible for parole in early October.

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