Mom relives the moment when a homemade bomb exploded in her face after being ‘delivered to the WRONG HOUSE’ – while eight men are charged
- Denise Lavell suffered horrific burns after a homemade bomb exploded in her face
- Mrs. Lavell found a burning bag outside her house, unaware that it contained a bomb
- The device exploded in her face when she tried to put out the fire
- Police said she was the victim of a mix-up after being badly burned by an attack
A Sydney mother who suffered horrific burns when a homemade bomb exploded in her face says she is lucky not to have been killed in the blast.
Denise Lavell, 55, from Canterbury in the west of the city, was badly burned to her face, hands and ankles after she found the bomb in a burning bag outside her home on June 8.
The device, made of shrapnel, aerosol cans and fuel, exploded as she tried to put out the fire.
“I was not dead or badly hurt by luck alone,” said Mrs. Lavell Nine news.
Sydney woman Denise Lavell, of Canterbury, (pictured) suffered severe burns to her face, hands and ankles after a homemade bomb supposedly meant for someone else was left outside her home
Nine men (three in the photo) aged 17 to 20 were arrested on Thursday and eight were charged for the horrific incident
“When I kicked it off, it exploded, later I found out that there were thumbtacks in it and it was just so shocking to think that things like this are happening in Australia,” she said. Seven News.
“ The fact that someone would go to this level without even really fully knowing they were targeting the right person is just absolutely awful. ”
Lavell was rushed to Concord Hospital while a 19-year-old man who was also home at the time escaped unharmed.
Mrs. Lavell said she was lucky to kick the bag away when it burned.
“If I hadn’t kicked it off the porch, I really don’t think I would be here,” she said.
Nine men aged 17 to 20 were arrested Thursday and eight were charged with the incident.
The bomb was left in a burning bag (pictured) outside Mrs. Lavell’s house. Police claim she was the innocent victim of a drug dispute between criminals
Detective Paul Devaney claimed the incident was an act of retaliation after drugs were stolen from a criminal gang, with Mrs. Lavell caught in the crossfire.
“We will argue that this act in Canterbury was one of misidentification, in which the 55-year-old woman was not involved in any crime at all,” he said.
“These men are facing very serious charges … they have made some bad decisions that have resulted in life-changing experiences for the victim.”
Police say the homemade bomb was ‘roughly crafted’ and contained aerosol cans with flammable substances, firelighters, stars and thumbtacks.
The eight accused men have all been denied bail and are due to appear in central court on Friday.
Nine men were arrested Thursday and eight were charged with the incident in which Ms. Lavell (pictured) had terrible burns to her face, hands and ankles.