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Two teenagers have been charged with the murder of a Queensland mother and the attempted murder of her husband as the couple defended their home on Boxing Day night.
Detective Sergeant Major Michael Hogan says Emma Lovell, 41, and her husband Lee, 43, were attacked after they confronted the 17-year-olds who had allegedly broken into their North Lakes home around 11:30 a.m. p. m. of Monday.
Mrs. Lovell was stabbed through her chest and he was stabbed in the back, and they were both rushed to hospital, but she died shortly after being admitted.We were faced with a horrifying scene, the paramedics did their best, but unfortunately, the woman passed away when she was admitted to hospital,” Detective Snr Sgr Hogan told reporters.
Officers from the police dog squad caught four men, ages 18, 16 and two 17, nearby about four hours later.
The two 17-year-olds, from Zillmere and Holland Park, were charged with murder, attempted murder and trespassing on Tuesday.
They have been denied bail and are scheduled to appear in Brisbane Children’s Court on Wednesday.
The older and younger men, who were also arrested, are still being questioned by detectives.
Det Snr Sgr Hogan the four men had no links to the Lovells, and the reason they allegedly broke into their home and the alleged murder weapon is still being investigated.
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“They (the couple) disturbed the criminals inside the house, they were awakened by … barking dogs,” he said.
Detective Sergeant Major Hogan said the Lovell family was “absolutely traumatized and devastated” by the loss of his wife and mother, and that the wider community was in mourning.
‘This is a terribly sad day that someone’s life has been taken in this way; I still have a hard time understanding why this type of violent crime happens, and it has happened again, and we have to work together as a community to say no to this type of violence,’ he added.
“And also support each other when it happens and do something to try to defer or deter people from committing those types of crimes.”
The Lovells celebrated a Christmas on the beach hours before intruders broke into their home.
An online fundraiser has already raised nearly $7,500 for Ms. Lovell’s bereavement in a matter of hours.
Located 33km north of Brisbane, North Lakes is home to almost 23,500 residents.
‘The North Lakes community is supporting the Lovell family during this difficult time. Although financial support will not bring Emma back, we hope we can give the family some time to grieve the loss of a wife and mother,” the page says.
“Emma leaves behind her husband Lee and her two daughters, who now face the unimaginable loss of her loving wife and mother.
“At this difficult time, as a community, let’s help Lee and the girls as they navigate this heartbreaking tragedy.”