Australian man stabbed in Bali robbery

Australian man stabbed in Bali robbery

Australian man stabbed in Bali robbery

Updated 6 January 2013, 7:59 AEST

An Australian man is recovering from multiple stab wounds in Bali after two men broke into the villa where he was staying.

Paul Gill, 42, moved to Bali from Perth with his family about six months ago.

They were in a villa in North Kuta about 2am on Friday (local time) when Mr Gill confronted a burglar who had broken into the property.

The intruder was trying to steal things from the room next to where Mr Gill's children were sleeping.

Family friend Colin Newby says Mr Gill chased the burglar and was holding him but did not realise there was a second intruder until it was too late.

Mr Newby says Mr Gill was stabbed four times in the back.

"He had a punctured lung so he was taken to a private hospital up there," Mr Newby said.

Mr Gill, who is originally from New South Wales, has undergone surgery at a Bali medical clinic.

Mr Newby says his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren were staying with Mr Gill and his wife and two children.

He says they are in shock.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) says it has contacted the family and offered consular support.

Local police are investigating the incident.