Brit mum Emma Lovell 'died protecting family' as horrified daughter spotted her bleeding after she confronted burglars | The Sun

A HERO British mum "died protecting her family" during a horror Boxing Day burglary in Australia, her devastated husband said.

Emma Lovell's husband Lee, 43, said their daughter saw her mum bleeding after she bravely confronted two intruders at their family home in North Lakes, Queensland.

Cops said Emma, 41, and Lee were both knifed after the burglars broke into their house 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 tragically died from her injuries after she was stabbed in the chest.

Lee was released from hospital after being treated for a non-life threatening stab wound.

He paid tribute to his wife, saying she "died trying to protect me and our family".

Lee told the Daily Mail: "Emma was the glue in our family, she was funny, smart, so caring, would do anything for anyone.

"She died trying to protect me and our family.

"We're all devastated by what has happened. I miss her so much."

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Explaining how the horror unfolded, he said: "We heard our two dogs barking, Emma checked on our security app and saw the front door was open.

"We both rushed out of our bedroom door, Emma behind me, and saw two people in our house.

"I didn't even know there was an issue until my daughter spotted that her mum was bleeding."

Two 17-year-old boys have been charged with murder, attempted murder and breaking and entering.

And two others, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy, are assisting police with their investigation.

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

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

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

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

Neighbour Jay Balhatchet, who witnessed paramedics desperately trying to help 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."

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

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

Police said the alleged offenders disturbed Emma and her husband at their home at 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".

And he said there are no known links between the victims and the suspects.

"The family are traumatised and shattered," he said.

"They've lost their mother and their wife. The whole community is mourning as well."

The suspects have been refused bail and are set to appear in court on Wednesday.

Cops said a fundraising campaign has been set up for the family by the community in North Lakes.

"Emma leaves behind her husband Lee and two daughters, who are now faced with the unimaginable loss of their beloved wife and mother," the fundraiser said.

Emma’s mother-in-law, Janice Lovell, described Emma as "a lovely wife and mother", adding: "She will be forever missed."

Christina Lofthouse, 41, Emma's best friend of 33 years, said she was "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."

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."

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.

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

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