Man died defending his family
A FORMER Northern Rivers man has died in a vicious home invasion while trying to defend his family.
Kesley Burgess died after being slashed with a machete during the homeinvasion at his Lurnea home, in south-west Sydney, on Thursday.
Mr Burgess locked his 47-year-old mother and girlfriend in his bedroom when four men armed with a machete and an axe entered the house.
The invaders slashed Mr Burgess's mother's hand while Mr Burgess was def-ending her, before turning their attack on Mr Burgess.
Mr Burgess was rushed to Liverpool Hospital, where he died on Friday from major blood loss from wounds to most of his body, including his legs, wrists and ankles.
The invaders made off with Mrs Burgess's handbag.
Mr Burgess grew up in Lismore before moving to Sydney, but he still has family living in the area. Family members declined to comment yesterday when contacted by The Northern Star.
The 25-year-old attended Goonellabah Public School.
It was reported Mr Burgess was living with his girlfriend at the Lurnea house trying to save money for their own home.
Police arrested Tomasi Natuba, 19, from Doonside, near Parramatta, on Saturday night as he was leaving Bankstown Hospital and he was subsequently charged with Mr Burgess's murder.
Natuba appeared in Penrith Local Court on Sunday and was refused bail to appear in Central Coast Local Court on August 26.
Police also arrested five other men, aged between 18 and 22, on Saturday night in relation to a murder plot.
The five men have been charged with conspiracy to murder and being armed with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.
Police are investigating a possible link between the five men who were arrested and the murder of Mr Burgess.