Brit mum-of-two, 41, stabbed to death in home invasion on Boxing Day while trying to fight off intruders | The Sun

A MUM-OF-TWO was stabbed to death in a horror Boxing Day home invasion while attempting to stop two intruders.

Emma Lovell, 41, originally from Ipswich, died after she and her husband Lee were knifed at their home in North Lakes, Queensland, Australia.



Cops have said the couple were both stabbed after two intruders broke into their home and a "scuffle" broke out on the front porch.

Neighbours heard their daughters screaming, with one of them yelling "someone help my mum, help my mum".

Emma sadly died from her injuries.

Lee has been released from hospital after being treated from a non-life threatening stab wound.

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Emma and Lee moved from Suffolk to Australia with their two daughters 11 years ago.

Lee paid tribute to his wife outside the family home on Tuesday.

"Emma was the glue to my family, she was such a beautiful person," he told TV Cameras.

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"We are all just devastated by her loss, it's senseless."

The family had the day before spent Christmas Day at the beach on the Sunshine Coast.

A smiling family photo was shared along with a message for their pals.

"Hope everyone has a great Christmas Day spent with loved ones and friends." they wrote on Facebook.

Police said the alleged offenders disturbed Emma and her husband at their home about 11.30pm on Monday.

Superintendent John Hallam said emergency services were confronted with a "horrific scene". 

He said the family were "woken by barking dogs" and they were "defending their house".

Neighbour Jay Balhatchet, who witnessed paramedics helping Emma on the front lawn, said the neighbourhood woke to screams.

He said: “Just screaming really, of the two young girls. Someone help my mum, help my mum'."

“That’s pretty much when everyone got up, and that’s when they all saw it happen on the front lawn."

Balhatchet said he later saw the couple’s children “carrying their dogs and stuff to the ambulance that their dad was in”.

“They went off with him. I think they were in shock. They were in tears.”

Christina Lofthouse, 41, Emma's best friend of 33 years, paid tribute describing her as 'the best friend a girl could have'.

She said: "She was the first person I messaged in the morning and the last person I spoke to at night.

"I'm utterly heartbroken that my best friend is gone and I don't get to speak to her again, hug her again, laugh with her and cry with her.

"Her poor daughters, husband, mum, brother and sister. As a family we are heartbroken to lose the best friend a girl could have. We had a friendship like no other."

Christina had plans to visit the family early next year.

Despite the distance, Christina said that the pair were 'always together in spirit' and that Emma had a 'heart of gold'.

She said: "Even though we were 10,000 miles away, we were always together in spirit.

"She truly had a heart of gold and helped me and my family out in some of our darkest days."

Martyn McIntee, 42, was another one of Emma's close friends and also planned on visiting her in Queensland in February.

He said: "Emma was the most amazing person in the world. We were inseparable in high school.

"When we were younger, we had a deal that if we weren't married before we hit 40, we would marry each other.

"I will miss her so much. I can't even imagine the pain her mum, brothers, Lee and their girls are going through."

State government frontbencher Leanne Enoch said the attack was "incredibly tragic and disturbing", reports ABC.

"This is a horrifying act of violence.

"I understand that the police have already made arrests with regards to that matter.

"But my heart absolutely goes out to the families affected by this and of course to that community."

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