Two teenage boys charged with murder of British mother-of-two in Australia | World News

Two teenage boys have been charged with the murder of a British mother who was killed while defending her home on Boxing Day in Australia.

The 17-year-old has appeared in court charged with the murder of Emma Lovell, 41, and the attempted murder of her husband Lee Lovell, 43.

The couple, originally from Ipswich, Suffolk, were allegedly attacked on December 26 at their home in North Lakes, 30 miles north of the Queensland capital Brisbane.

Moreton Police Superintendent John Hallam told reporters that Mr and Mrs Lovell were “disturbed inside the house and defending their home” at 11.30pm on Monday when they were confronted by the teenagers.

The fight spilled into the front yard, where Mrs. Lovell was allegedly fatally stabbed in the chest, police said in a statement.

Mr Lovell, who was allegedly stabbed in the back, was treated for a non-life-threatening stab wound.

Returning home from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, a visibly distraught Mr Lovell said his family was “devastated”.

“Emma was the glue to our family,” he told reporters.

“She was such a beautiful person. We are all just devastated by her loss.

“It’s absurd. I don’t know why people do it.”

The Lovells are parents to two daughters, with Mr Lovell previously sharing pictures of them on social media on Christmas Day at a nearby Sunshine Coast beach.

He was reportedly in Australia for over 10 years.

Family friend Skeel Fleming, 14, described Mrs Lovell as “amazing”.

“She was always a good mother, she was always laughing, always smiling – she was always there to support her daughters through everything,” Skyle told Australian news service 7 News.

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Police allege the teenage boys fled after the stabbing and were reunited with two other youths nearby, with the help of a dog squad, before 4am on Tuesday.

Two 17-year-old boys appeared in the Brisbane Children’s Court on Wednesday charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and entering a dwelling with intent to have intercourse.

ABC News in Australia reported that he has been refused bail and will next appear in court on January 16.

Meanwhile, another 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy continue to assist police with enquiries.

Police have reportedly confirmed that the four minors already knew the officers.

Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Cheryl Scanlon said the circumstances of the youths who went to the North Lakes home were still under police investigation.

She told reporters in Australia: “We need to know why the youth were in that street on that particular night and that’s an ongoing investigation and that’s not a matter I’m going to comment on.”

A GoFundMe fundraiser set up for the Lovell family had raised just over £26,000 as of 7am UK time on Wednesday.

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