Tributes Made for Beloved North Lakes Mum Emma Lovell After Tragic Home Invasion

Tributes have come pouring in for British wife and mum Emma Lovell, who died protecting her home and family from home invaders in North Lakes on Boxing Day. A petition has also been made for Emma’s Law, to make sure that she did not die in vain. 

Emma, 41, was stabbed in the chest whilst her husband, Lee Lovell, 43, incurred non-threatening injuries on his back. According to the Queensland Police Service, an altercation happened inside the Lovell family’s home on the 26th of December 2022 at around 11:30 p.m. after reports of four young people, between the ages of 16 and 17, had been seen disturbing residents on Whitefield Ct and Dorrigo Ct.

The couple heard dogs barking and their home security system alerted them to the break-in. Lee said they were terrified and shocked when they saw people as they came out of their bedroom door.

He said that everything happened within seconds. Paramedics rushed to the scene in the aftermath. However, he never expected that his wife will not be coming home from the hospital.

A grief-stricken Lee, who has since been released from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for his wound’s treatment, had to break the sad news to his young daughters. 

Emma Lovell, the Glue to the Family 

Lee described his wife as a beautiful person who was the “glue” to the family. 

The Lovells have been North Lakes residents since 2018 following their move from the United Kingdom. The family just came home from a Christmas holiday on the Sunshine Coast on the night of the attack.

Family friends Chris and Liz Jones were with the Lovell kids, Scarlett, 15, and Kassie, 13, when they returned home after the attack. Chris said that the Lovell couple was all about making sure that their daughters had the best life. The family has been comforted by a distraught North Lakes community with notes, flowers and food.

Neighbour Skye Fleming, 14, could not help but break down when she learned of Emma’s death.  She came by Lovell’s house to comfort Scarlett and Kassie and said that Emma was like a second mum to her.

The North Lakes Community has also spearheaded a fundraiser for Emma’s loved ones, which so far has reached over $55,435.

“This money will provide financial support to Lee and his daughters as they navigate their grief following the loss of Emma, their wife and mother. The outpouring of support and generosity from our community during this difficult time has been truly remarkable,” said Naomi Sprudzans, the organiser.

“Emma will be missed terribly, she cared about her family so very much, and I will miss our weekly chats,” Bec Rose, a donor and friend of the family said. 

“Emma was a beautiful person and will be missed,” said Simon Richardson.

Petition for Emma’s Law, Harsher Punishments for Young Offenders

Following investigations, two of the teens from Zillmere and Holland Park have been charged with murder, attempted murder, and breaking and entering. The other two in custody have been assisting the police as the investigation continues.  

Lee is backing calls for a tougher crackdown on home invaders after the Jones’ opened a petition for Emma’s Law. As of press time, the petition is on its way to getting 35,000 signatures. 

Meanwhile, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced harsher punishments for violent juveniles and young offenders.  

“Violent criminals should receive harsher punishments,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “The community must be protected. We’ve announced one of the most comprehensive packages ever seen in Queensland.

“Violent juvenile car thieves will face 14 years’ jail. Extreme high visibility police patrols will be deployed, and two new youth detention centres built.

“Offenders who boast about these crimes on social media will face increased penalties. Young offenders will be in custody for longer to make sure they can complete rehabilitation programs.

“We’ll provide engine immobilisers for trials across parts of the state. The community has been heard. My government is listening and acting.”