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Brisbane home invasion: Heartbroken father opens up after wife Emma Lovell was stabbed

The husband of a woman allegedly stabbed to death by teenage home invaders has revealed how one of their children desperately asked ‘where’s mummy’ hours after she died. 

Emma Lovell, 41, and her husband Lee, 43, were inside their North Lakes home, north of Brisbane, on Monday night when intruders allegedly forced their way inside.

They were confronted by the Lovells and a scuffle allegedly broke out on the front porch as the couple frantically tried to protect their two children.

Mrs Lovell sustained wounds to her chest and died at the scene, despite desperate attempts by paramedics to revive her with thoracotomy surgery before the ambulance arrived. 

Mr Lovell, who was stabbed in the back and arm and spent time in hospital, has opened up about the horrifying night and the moment he knew he had lost his beloved wife.

Ms Lovell (left) was allegedly stabbed trying to protect her husband Lee, 43, (right) and their two daughters from intruders on Monday night

‘It felt like it was over in like 30 seconds but they’d (the intruders) run off and it really started to set in,’ he told A Current Affair.

The couple were alerted to the presence of the intruders when their dogs started to bark and their home security system informed them that their front door was opened.

‘We bolted to our bedroom door and opened it and two people were there. It was a major shock, it was terrifying to be honest,’ Mr Lovell said.

Mr Lovell initially thought his wife was going to survive her severe injuries following the attack.

‘I thought she was because the work the paramedics were doing at the time. I know she didn’t have a pulse, then they said they got her pulse back.’ 

Paramedics who took him to hospital said his wife would be following.

But he recalled his ‘major shock’ hours later when he found out she did not survive.

Mr Lovell then had to deliver the heartbreaking news to his daughters after one of his them asked, ‘where’s mummy?’

‘I said, ‘we need to talk’ and we both just broke down,’ Mr Lovell said fighting back tears. 

Four boys arrested over the alleged home-invasion murder of mother-of-two Emma Lovell, 41, were living in a nearby halfway house (pictured) in North Lakes, in Brisbane's north

Four boys arrested over the alleged home-invasion murder of mother-of-two Emma Lovell, 41, were living in a nearby halfway house (pictured) in North Lakes, in Brisbane’s north

Father Lee Lovell (pictured), 43, opened up about the night his wife died

Father Lee Lovell (pictured), 43, opened up about the night his wife died 

The family’s heartbreak comes after four boys arrested over the alleged home-invasion murder were living in a nearby halfway house that accommodates youth offenders – and had been causing trouble in the weeks leading up to the tragedy. 

Two 17-year-olds – from Zillmere and Holland Park – have been charged with murder and attempted murder while police continue questioning two boys, aged 16 and 17.

They have been remanded in custody until the new year after their matters were heard in Brisbane Children’s Court on Wednesday morning.  

Police confirmed on Tuesday all four teenagers were ‘known to police’.

One of the two juveniles charged with murder was on bail for a break-in and receiving stolen property when the tragedy occurred. 

Just days before Ms Lovell was murdered, one of the teens posted footage of himself and others driving allegedly stolen luxury cars. 

The group recorded themselves speeding at up to 190km/hour before posing in front of an Audi and a Porsche while throwing up gang signs.

One of the youths allegedly involved in the home invasion posted this photo to social media

One of the youths allegedly involved in the home invasion posted this photo to social media

Pictured is a map showing where the halfway house is located just a few doors down from the Lovell family home

Pictured is a map showing where the halfway house is located just a few doors down from the Lovell family home

The group posted footage of themselves speeding up to 90km/h in allegedly stolen luxury cars

The group posted footage of themselves speeding up to 90km/h in allegedly stolen luxury cars

Neighbour Tracey said different boys and girls would move out of the halfway house  every few weeks.

She said her family were not told that the home would be used as a living facility for juvenile offenders when it was bought by a charity organisation in May, 2021.

Over the past 18 months, they have witnessed cops repeatedly storming into the home, heard skirmishes in the street, and smelt drugs wafting over their back fence.

‘We sometimes smell them smoking marijuana, and hear them drinking out the back,’ she said.

‘One group we could hear them bragging about a car. Some looked as young as 13. None of them have had cars, so we’d always see them walking around the neighbourhood.’

Tracey said there never seemed to be a live-in supervisor, although they once heard a man inside explaining the house rules to the tenants.

Neighbour Tracey said boys and girls living at the home next door (pictured) would fluctuate, with different individuals moving in and out every few weeks

Neighbour Tracey said boys and girls living at the home next door (pictured) would fluctuate, with different individuals moving in and out every few weeks

While their antics were sometimes loud, neighbour Tracey said the teenagers in the house (pictured) generally kept to themselves and did not disturb other tenants

While their antics were sometimes loud, neighbour Tracey said the teenagers in the house (pictured) generally kept to themselves and did not disturb other tenants

Neighbours did witness some clashes at the halfway house, including an incident where a social worker chased a screaming youth down the street.

In another instance, one group of boys banged on Tracey’s son’s car as he drove towards their home.

When she went over to tell them not to do it again, she was taken aback by how young they looked.

‘They were apologetic said ‘sorry we thought it was a car that had been chasing further up the road’,’ she said.

She said the recent group had only moved in a few weeks ago, and appeared quiet compared to previous tenants.

Bouquets of flowers were seen resting against a tree outside the Lovell's North Lakes home

Bouquets of flowers were seen resting against a tree outside the Lovell’s North Lakes home

A member of the public dropped off a fruit platter at the front door of the Lovell's home

A member of the public dropped off a fruit platter at the front door of the Lovell’s home

A man was seen leaving a bouquet of flowers outside the home of alleged stabbing victim Emma Lovell

A man was seen leaving a bouquet of flowers outside the home of alleged stabbing victim Emma Lovell

A community chaplain was seen laying flowers outside the Lovell home on Wednesday

A community chaplain was seen laying flowers outside the Lovell home on Wednesday

In recent days, however, she had noticed a series of graffiti tags saying ‘Northside’ scrawled along fences, walls and power boxes, near the halfway house.

She was unsure if the group were affiliated with the notorious ‘Northside’ gang – a group of young teens known for carjackings, violence, and break-ins, then boasting about the crimes online – or if the spray-painted messages were the work of their associates who have visited the home.

Her husband encountered one of the boy’s popping his head over their fence to peer into their yard.

‘He looked over and asked me if I knew anyone who could get him some pot,’ he said.

‘I think he was trying to scope out who lived next door.’

Her husband said residents deserved to be informed before halfway houses were set up on their street.

‘You’ve got a bunch of young guys, out on bail for offending, dumped into the community with no supervision,’ he said.

‘They are predators. There was one guy who would come and check up on them occasionally but I haven’t seen him for weeks.

‘And now look what has [allegedly] happened.’

Neighbour Travis Zealy addressed reporters on the street where Ms Lovell was allegedly stabbed

Neighbour Travis Zealy addressed reporters on the street where Ms Lovell was allegedly stabbed

The Lovells had just returned from a Christmas trip to the Sunshine Coast when they allegedly discovered two intruders inside their Whitfield Crescent home about 11.30pm on Boxing Day

The Lovells had just returned from a Christmas trip to the Sunshine Coast when they allegedly discovered two intruders inside their Whitfield Crescent home about 11.30pm on Boxing Day

Two 17-year-olds - from Zillmere and Holland Park - have been charged with murder and attempted murder while police continue to question two other boys, aged 16 and 17

Two 17-year-olds – from Zillmere and Holland Park – have been charged with murder and attempted murder while police continue to question two other boys, aged 16 and 17

The man said an officer had told him investigators will be inquiring into how much supervision was provided to the youths at the home.

Meanwhile, other residents say they were rattled to learn about the nature of the home in light of the recent arrests.

One elderly woman said she was ‘nervous’ to sleep last night, while another neighbour who recently moved into the street said ‘we won’t be staying for long [now]’.

As their street became a crime scene on Tuesday, homes adjacent to the halfway house were taped off as investigators scoured the scene.

Police were seen using a metal detector to search across the front lawn of the properties in the near vicinity.

The Lovells had just returned from a Christmas trip to the Sunshine Coast when they allegedly discovered two intruders inside their Whitfield Crescent home about 11.30pm on Boxing Day.

Mr Lovell told Daily Mail Australia his wife (pictured with her best friend of 30 years Christina Lofthouse, left) had been the 'glue' in their family

Mr Lovell told Daily Mail Australia his wife (pictured with her best friend of 30 years Christina Lofthouse, left) had been the ‘glue’ in their family

Emergency services rushed to the scene, but despite their best efforts, Mrs Lovell died shortly after arriving at hospital.

Tributes have continued to flow online for Mrs Lovell, who ran a local ironing service, as she is remembered as a ‘beautiful person’ by devastated loved ones.

Mr Lovell told Daily Mail Australia his wife had been the ‘glue’ in their family.

‘She was funny, smart, so caring, would do anything for anyone,’ he said.

‘She died trying to protect me and our family. We’re all devastated by what has happened. I miss her so much.’

The alleged attack has renewed calls for the Queensland government to crack down on youth offending (pictured, the Lovell family)

The alleged attack has renewed calls for the Queensland government to crack down on youth offending (pictured, the Lovell family)

The alleged attack has renewed calls for the Queensland government to crack down on youth offending.

Assistant Minister for Children and Families Michelle Landry said youth crime in the state is ‘totally out of control’.

‘There needs to be tough legislation introduced from parliament,’ the federal MP for Capricornia wrote on Facebook.

‘No one feels safe in their own home! We need immediate action.’

The two 17-year-old boys, who have also been charged with enter a dwelling with intent, are due to face Brisbane Children’s Court on Wednesday.

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