Burglary with axes and knives: rugby legend survives brutal attack

Burglary with axes and knives
Rugby legend survives brutal attack

After a “brutal and violent” attack on him and his family, Tonga’s rugby international Toutai Kefu is apparently out of danger. His daughter said he had had an operation and is recovering well. A 15-year-old is imprisoned for attempted murder.

Tonga’s national rugby coach Toutai Kefu is recovering from a “brutal and violent” attack on him and his family. Both Kefu and his son John were “operated on yesterday and are recovering well,” wrote his daughter Olivia on social media. She added that her sister Madi and her mother Rachel will also have an operation on Tuesday.

The scene of the crime is the house of the Kefus.

(Photo: imago images / AAP)

The 47-year-old Kefu had suffered serious abdominal injuries on Monday when several young perpetrators broke into his home in Brisbane and was in “critical condition” according to the chief detective, Tony Fleming. Fleming spoke of a “brutal and violent” attack that also injured Kefu’s wife and two of his children.

According to Fleming, the burglars broke into the property of the former Australian international armed with axes and knives. So far, a 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. “It is most likely a break-in that went wrong, although I think that is an understatement,” Fleming said on Monday.

Kefu has played 60 games for the Australian national team and has been coaching Tonga’s selection team since 2016. In 1999 he won the World Cup in rugby union with Australia, the popular variant with 15 players per team. Numerous leaders and former players from Australia, New Zealand and Samoa wished Kefu and his family a speedy recovery.