Alleged Home Intruder Dies After Being 'Challenged' By Resident

A 44-year-old man has been released by police pending further inquiries, after an intruder was found dead inside his home.

Police believe the resident and alleged intruder were involved in a physical confrontation inside the Westwood Court home at Harrington Park, after the second man allegedly entered the home early Sunday morning.

The resident was alerted to the intruder by the sound of his dogs barking.

Police say the 44-year-old man "challenged" the intruder inside the home's lounge room around 7:30am on Sunday.

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The intruder was said to have lost consciousness in the confrontation. Two members of the public commenced CPR before emergency services arrived, but paramedics were unable to revive the man and he died at the scene.

NSW Police told 10 daily they have identified the alleged intruder as a 35-year-old man.

Resident Assisting Police After Alleged Home Intruder Dies

Detective Chief Inspector Shane Woolbank said care had been offered to the wife and young child of the 44-year-old, who live with him in the property.

Detective Chief Inspector Woolbank said police were awaiting autopsy results that would determine cause of death and would likely be a "significant factor" in their lines of inquiry.

‘Generally people are entitled to their home and they are entitled to use reasonable force to protect their property," Woolbank said, when asked about the general right homeowners have against a potential intruder.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact police.

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