Mother of six accused of using hammer in fatal stabbing assault of woman in Toowoomba
By Nancy Webb
A woman was found with stab wounds to the chest in a unit in Toowoomba. (ABC News: Amy Phillips)
A golf club, hammer, and metal bars were used in a violent home invasion that resulted in the fatal stabbing of a woman on Sunday, a court on Queensland’s Darling Downs has heard.
Nine people — three men and six women — were charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and entering a dwelling with intent, after a 37-year-old woman was found with stab wounds to the chest in a unit in the Toowoomba suburb of Wilsonton on Sunday afternoon.
The woman was taken to Toowoomba Base Hospital but died later that day.
One of the accused — a mother of six — unsuccessfully applied for bail this afternoon in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court.
The court heard the woman had told police she had hit the victim with a hammer.
She had also been seen in the unit holding a metal bar, the court was told.
During her application she started shouting from the dock: “Where’s my baby?”
People in the gallery called out in reply and the magistrate adjourned proceedings while the woman was taken from the room.
When the disruption was settled, the magistrate said he refused bail because of an unacceptable risk of reoffending.
Two other people also applied for bail, but their hearings were adjourned to Wednesday to allow police to check the proposed bail address.
All nine cases will be in court again on July 5.
Police said the investigation was ongoing and more charges were likely to be laid after the results of the autopsy are released.