By Nancy Webb and staff
Two mothers of six children each who have been charged over the fatal stabbing of a woman in Toowoomba on Queensland’s Darling Downs have been released on bail.
Nine people — three men and six women — were charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and entering a dwelling with intent, after 37-year-old Debbie Combarngo was found with stab wounds to the chest in a unit in the Toowoomba suburb of Wilsonton on May 6.
Ms Combarngo was taken to Toowoomba Base Hospital but died later that day.
Acting Magistrate Robert Walker told a hearing today in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court that evidence placed 28-year-old Jana Leigh Hall and 29-year-old Rhianna Jade Fing at the unit where Ms Combarngo was assaulted, but not in the room.
“The evidence places you in the residence but not in the room where the violence occurred,” Mr Walker told the hearing.
“There’s a reasonably strong case that you were a party.
“The evidence falls short of involving you directly in the violence that took place.”
The court heard both accused women have six children each and that Ms Hall was four-and-a-half months’ pregnant.
They have been released with strict reporting and curfew conditions.
The case will be mentioned again in July.
Ms Hall’s lawyer Chris Lumme said she was very relieved by the outcome of today’s hearing.
“We’re very pleased with the result but there’s a long way to go, as you know,” he said.
Police said the investigation was ongoing and more charges were likely to be laid after the results of the autopsy were released.