Two youth offenders who allegedly broke into the home of rugby star Toutai Kefu have pleaded guilty to the violent incident that left the family hospitalized.
The Wallabies great, now 49, and his wife Rachel confronted armed teenagers at their Brisbane home before a violent fight broke out shortly after 3am in August 2021.
All seven members of the Kefu family were hospitalized following the attack and the two attackers were charged with attempted murder.
The duo were due to face trial in the Supreme Court in Brisbane next week, but their applications for lesser charges were accepted on Friday.
The home of Wallabies legend Toutai Kefu, 47, and his wife Rachel, 46, (pictured) was allegedly invaded by two teenagers in August 2021.
Both defendants pleaded guilty to seven charges, including robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and four counts of malicious act with intent. mail reported.
Judge Peter Davis briefly described the incident to the youths before they were arraigned.
Four youths were alleged to have broken into a house in Forest Lake and stolen a lady’s purse, a bottle of whiskey and an iPhone before getting into the resident’s car and driving to Coorparoo to find another vehicle to steal.
There, two remained in the car while the accused couple entered the address armed with a large moon-shaped sickle and knives, where they were confronted by the Kefu family.
“The family that lived in the house woke up and you… threatened them with weapons,” Judge Davis said.
“Their intent was to cause serious injuries which, if left untreated, are likely to be permanent or life-threatening.”
An offender also pleaded guilty to two additional charges; contravening an order to provide access to his phone and the assault of a neighbor who came to Kefu’s aid.
“As you were fleeing the house, a neighbor caught you and you struggled with him while he was still armed with the knife, causing a wound to his hand,” Judge Davis told the teenager.
Preventive detention of both was ordered.
The entire Kefu family was injured by the criminals who were armed with a large moon-shaped sickle and knives.
The duo pleaded guilty to seven charges, including robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and four counts of malicious act with intent.
Pre-sentence reports must be prepared before his sentencing, which was scheduled for May, and it is likely to take at least three months to prepare a Youth Justice report.
The two offenders who did not enter the Kefu family home and who allegedly remained outside in the stolen vehicle during the incident will be sentenced in the Queensland Youth Court next month.
It is understood one has already participated in restorative justice conferences with victims prior to that sentencing.
Rachel Kefu was present at the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday and was seen being led out. from a side door by security and detectives.
Rachel Kefu was present at the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday and was escorted out a side door by detectives and security.
One of the defenders also pleaded guilty to two additional charges, including contravening an order to provide access to his phone and assaulting a neighbor who came to Kefu’s aid.