Prigg brothers pay the price after violent Wagga home invasion to settle a debt

Wagga Courthouse
Wagga Courthouse

His own brother asking him to stop wasn’t enough to prevent a man from “stomping” on a victim’s head after breaking into his Wagga home to settle a debt. 

Two brothers made their way into a Lake Albert home shortly before 7pm on November 26, 2016, despite protests. 

Junee’s Charles Leonard Prigg, 23, was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of 16 months period in Wagga District Court last week. 

His 26-year-old brother of Turvey Park, Oliver William Gordon Prigg, was sentenced to a 12-month suspended sentence.  

The victim was half asleep in bed when Charles started to punch and kick him in the head, while Oliver stood and watched before calling to his brother – “that’s enough”. 

The victim fell to the ground before he was punched in the head again and had a wooden bedside table thrown at him. 

According to documents tendered to the court, a witness said the incident lasted 15 to 20 minutes, leaving him covered in bruises and blood. 

As Charles left, he told the victim it was “better than the bikies coming here”, who would “kill and rape his misses”. 

After the assault ended the victim ran in fear, jumping out the window and over the back fence. 

Charles, who was subject to a good behaviour bond at the time, pleaded guilty to entering a dwelling to commit a serious indictable offence and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Oliver pleaded guilty to entering a dwelling with intent to commit intimidation in company.  

In sentencing, Judge Gordon Lerve noted the seriousness of the incident but said that Oliver was a second party to the enterprise and wasn’t responsible for the violence. 

Charles is due for release later this month, having served most of his sentence since his arrest.