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Kristy Patricia Avdulla jailed for orchestrating home invasion on friend to steal his inheritance

A Melbourne woman who orchestrated a brutal home invasion after learning that her friend, a cancer patient, had received a six-figure inheritance, will spend at least four years in jail.

Kristy Patricia Avdulla, 27, was today sentenced in Victoria’s County Court after pleading guilty to 11 charges including aggravated burglary, intentionally causing injury and false imprisonment.

In April last year, Richard Della Grazia was alone at his home in Frankston, when Avdulla, who he considered a friend, arrived.

The 27-year-old had recently learned that Mr Della Grazia, who was being treated for cancer at the time, was the beneficiary of a $144,000 inheritance.

Shortly after entering his home, Avdulla said: “Someone’s here.”

When Mr Della Grazia turned around, he saw a masked man, dressed all in black, in his loungeroom.

“Who are you?” Mr Della Grazia asked. “What do you want?”

“You,” the man said.

Mr Della Grazia was then grabbed around the throat and thrown to the floor where he was choked, and ordered to stop struggling.

The victim pleaded with Avdulla to help him, but she did not.

Avdulla and the man then used the victim’s own duct tape to bind his eyes, mouth, face and ankles.

His arms were also taped to his torso, and cable ties were used on his arms and hands.

The pair then ransacked the victim’s home, stealing three mobile phones, two tablets and three laptops.

They also kicked Mr Della Grazia in the stomach to pressure him into giving them his online banking password.

Records show that after the attack, $80,000 was transferred out of the victim’s bank accounts.

Victim freed after neighbour kicked down door

Court documents reveal that Mr Della Grazia remained bound on the floor of his bathroom until a friend arrived and heard his screams.

He was freed after his neighbour kicked in the front door, which had been locked by Avdulla and her accomplice.

Mr Della Grazia, now aged 58, suffered bruising on the brain, a broken nose and fractured ribs from the affair.

He later told investigators that he had trouble sleeping at home and did not want to live at the scene of the crime anymore.

Court documents reveal that after the attack, Avdulla transferred large sums of money to herself using descriptions such as ‘car’ and ‘car loan’.

And about 90 minutes after the brutal home invasion, Avdulla tried to purchase a 55cm gold chain from an online jewellery store worth about $13,000, but the order was cancelled before it could be sent.

Today, Avdulla was sentenced in the County Court to six years and 14 days in jail.

She will have to serve four years before she is eligible for parole.

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