Police detail 'brutal, violent' alleged attack on Wallabies great

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Toutai Kefu was was hospitalised after an alleged stabbing at his Queensland home.
Former Wallabies great Toutai Kefu was left in a critical condition after he was allegedly stabbed during a break-in at his Queensland home. (Photo by Tony Marshall/EMPICS via Getty Images)

Queensland Police have provided more details about the horrific home invasion in which former Wallabies great Toutai Kefu was allegedly stabbed by a gang of thugs.

Kefu was believed to be in a serious condition after he was allegedly stabbed in the stomach when confronting a group of four who had broken into his home in the Brisbane suburb of Coorparoo.

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The 47-year-old and three members of his family received knife wounds after three males allegedly broke into their home around 3 am. All four were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Kefu is reported to be in a serious condition with abdominal injuries.

A 15-year-old youth was detained by the Kefu family's neighbours until police arrived. Another 15-year-old youth was also taken into custody after seeking treatment at a hospital. 

Police have charged one 15-year-old Goodba boy with four counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault causing grievous bodily harm and one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, break and enter, burglary and deprivation of liberty.

Police are continuing investigations.

Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said Queensland Police officers were confronted with a 'brutal and violent' scene when they arrived at Kefu's home at roughly 3:15am.

“The information police received that people unknown to the family had entered the house and people had been stabbed,” Supt Fleming said.

“I understand the residents of the house woke to noises inside the house and one of the adults went to investigate those noises.

“I understand that person was accosted by at least one of the offenders in the premises and threatened to be stabbed if they didn’t hand over vehicle keys."

Supt. Fleming said that while Kefu's injuries were serious, he was expected to survive.

Despite the good news around Kefu's health, the other members of the family were also injured in the alleged attack.

“The mother has suffered very very serious lacerations to her arm," Supt. Fleming said.

“I’m told that her wounds are very significant.

“Two children, young adults have been the victims of the offences as well. The adult male suffered terrible wounds to his arm and back.”

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In a statement on their website, Queensland Police said there were two men in custody over the alleged break-in.

"Police have two males in custody following a burglary and wounding in Coorparoo this morning," the statement read.

"Police were called to Buena Vista Avenue at around 3 am in relation to an incident.

"Early information suggests a number of males were disturbed breaking into a dwelling there and a violent altercation left four members of the house injured.

Toutai Kefu was an integral member of Australia's winning squad at the 1999 Rugby World Cup. (Photo by Ross Setford/EMPICS via Getty Images)
Toutai Kefu was an integral member of Australia's winning squad at the 1999 Rugby World Cup. (Photo by Ross Setford/EMPICS via Getty Images)

"One male was restrained and taken into custody at the scene.

"Further offenders fled in a car toward Woolloongabba.

"The four injured residents were transported to the Princess Alexander Hospital for treatment. A man in his 40’s has serious injuries."

Kefu is the coach of the Tongan national rugby team, following a glittering career with the Wallabies and in Super rugby.

He earned 60 caps for Australia and was a key figure in both the 1999 Rugby World Cup triumph as well as the 2001 Bledisloe Cup victory.

Kefu also played more than 100 games for the Queensland Reds.

With AP

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