SHARLENE Clayton and her family have always felt safe in their Kawungan home, but last weekend that all changed.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, just as they were getting ready for bed, three men wielding cricket bats and tyre irons ripped through their front door and unleashed their fury.
Ms Clayton’s husband Matthew, 25, suffered life-threatening head injuries during the savage attack while she received a blow to her back.
Her aunt was hit in the back of her head with a cricket bat in front of her eight-year-old child, while the child’s father was also hit, the back of his head cut open.
Three were taken to Hervey Bay Hospital where Matthew received 30 staples to his head and was monitored for bleeding to the brain. The others were treated for cuts and bruises.
One of the attackers was known to the family and had been at the home earlier in the evening before being asked to leave due to his level of intoxication and inappropriate behaviour.
Ms Clayton said she thought that would be the end of the situation but late that same night he returned with two friends.
Police are still investigating and are searching for two of the suspects. Both are described as caucasian and in their late 30s.
One has a solid build, unkempt shoulder-length red hair and was wearing a black shirt and black trousers while the other is slim with short, sandy hair and was wearing a white shirt.
The main suspect, a man in his late 20s, is believed to have left town and is expected to return on Monday.
Charges are yet to be laid but yesterday police indicated that the suspects would likely be charged with inflicting bodily harm. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.
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