North Lakes mother stabbed to death: Lee Lovell recounts the moment his wife, Emma Lovell, was killed
The devastated husband of a mother of two who was stabbed while defending her family home has revealed his first thoughts during the traumatic incident.
Brisbane father Lee Lovell, 43, said he was able to survive a horror house invasion in North Lakes that killed his wife Emma, 41, because he was thinking about their daughters.
Ms Lovell was fatally stabbed in the chest at around 11.30pm on Boxing Day after she and Mr Lovell confronted a group of intruders at their home.
Mr Lovell was also stabbed during the attack but said he knew he had to stay alive for his daughters after seeing his wife fall to the ground.
Lee and Emma Lovell (above) were both stabbed to death during a horror home invasion in Brisbane on Boxing Day that resulted in Mrs Lovell’s tragic death
Ms Lovell was killed around 11.30pm on Monday and two 17-year-old boys have been charged with their alleged murder (pictured Lovell’s home after the attack).
“I didn’t know how deep the stab wound was, I was so scared I wouldn’t survive and leave the kids alone,” he told the Courier Mail.
“I kept telling myself I can’t die, I have to survive. That was the encouragement I was trying to give myself.’
Mr Lovell said he will miss Ms Lovell’s relationship with her daughters and was heartbroken that they would be growing up without their mother.
He added that he will miss their own relationship too, but cherishes the time they had together.
“We were so in love. She was so nice to be here. We enjoyed being in each other’s company,” he said.
“On a Saturday night we went to see a movie and had some cocktails. It was just lovely to be in each other’s company and I’m just going to miss that part.”
Ms Lovell’s tragic death came after her neighborhood established a transitional home for troubled teenagers, which the two 17-year-olds accused of her murder reportedly frequented.
Mr Lovell (pictured right with Ms Lovell and their children) said he knew he had to survive his injuries for the sake of their daughters
The two teenagers charged with Ms Lovell’s murder were reportedly known for visiting a nearby transitional home (pictured, honoring them outside Lovell’s North Lakes home).
Neighbor Tracey said that every few weeks other boys and girls were moving out of the transition house.
She said her family were not told the home would be used as a residential facility for juvenile delinquents when it was purchased by a charity in May 2021.
Over the past 18 months, they have repeatedly barged into the home, heard skirmishes in the street and smelled drugs wafting over their back fence.
“Sometimes we smell them smoking marijuana and hear them drinking to the back,” she said.
“With one group we could hear them boasting about a car. Some looked like they were 13. None of them had a car, so we always saw them walking around the neighborhood.”
Tracey said there never seemed to be a caretaker, although they once heard a man inside explain the house rules to the tenants.
Neighbors witnessed some clashes at the transition house, including an incident in which a social worker chased a screaming youth down the street.
She said the youngest group only moved in a few weeks ago and has been quiet compared to previous tenants.
In recent days, however, she had noticed a series of graffiti tags that read “Northside” hanging along fences, walls and electrical boxes near the Halfway House.
It is understood that one of the teenagers charged with Ms Lovell’s murder was recently released on bail on another alleged stabbing (pictured, police outside Lovell’s home).
Two teenagers have been arrested in the suspected murder of Ms Lovell after her death on Boxing Day (pictured one of the arrests).
She wasn’t sure if the group belonged to the infamous “Northside” gang – a group of young teenagers known for carjacking, violence and burglaries who then brag about the crimes online – or if the sprayed messages were the work of her employees who visited the home.
It was also revealed that one of the two 17-year-old boys charged with the murder of Ms Lovell had only recently been released on bail for another violent crime.
The teenager is said to have stabbed Brisbane lawyer Aaron Anderson to death in his St Lucia last year when he was 15.
Mr Anderson said the charges against the two teenagers allegedly involved in his home invasion have been reduced from attempted murder to wrongful wounding.
The then 15-year-old was later released from prison in what Mr Anderson said is a “frustrating” example of youngsters being easily released.
“I wasn’t happy with the original conviction, the pendulum is way too much in favor of the rehabilitation and reintegration of young people who commit serious crimes – changes need to be made,” he told the Courier Mail.
One of the boys was arrested on Christmas Eve on multiple charges but was released on Boxing Day just hours before Mrs Lovell was killed.
Two other teenagers being investigated in connection with Ms Lovell’s death have been charged with theft in another incident earlier on Boxing Day.
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