Drug thieves threaten victim at home: court

TWO people who went to a Toowoomba home in the belief they could access illicit drugs there ended up threatening and stealing from the woman home occupant, the city's District Court heard.

Kirk Claude Mitchell, 20, and Debbie Maree Combarngo, 34, had gone to the home of the complainant at 3.30am on the morning of October 19, last year, Crown prosecutor Kathleen Millican told the court.

Although initially allowed into the home, matters soon became serious and Mitchell had allegedly made a threat to the victim woman.

The pair left the house after taking some property including some of the woman's medication which she was using for a health complaint, the court heard.

The pair pleaded guilty to the incident with Combarngo also pleading guilty to possessing small amounts of amphetamine, morphine and steroids and failing to properly dispose of a needle and syringe, all of which had been found on her when arrested on October 19, last year.

Barrister Steve Kissick, for Combarngo, told the court it was accepted the victim had been pushed, but not by his client and that Mitchell had made some reference to having a knife.

His client had since served seven months of a nine-month jail term imposed for other offences, he said.

Mr Kissick submitted that had his client been sentenced for these offences at the time she was sentenced for the unrelated matters, she may not have had to serve any more actual time in custody.

The court heard Mitchell had since moved away from Toowoomba back to Cunnamulla where he lived with his grandmother.

He had not been in any trouble since this incident almost a year ago and had been staying away from alcohol and marijuana as a requirement of his bail.

Mitchell had also complied with conditions of parole to which he was subject during the same period, the court heard.

Judge Deborah Richards noted both defendants had serious criminal histories and both had served time in jail in the past.

Telling the court she wanted to look more closely at the case before handing down sentence, Judge Richards adjourned sentence to October 27.

Both Mitchell and Combarngo were granted bail pending sentence.


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