Fatal stabbing may be revenge attack
POLICE are investigating whether the broad-daylight stabbing of a Toowoomba mother was a revenge attack, with detectives trying to determine her ties to a man who died unexpectedly last week.
Nine people will today face court following the death of Debbie Combarngo, 37, who was rushed to hospital on Sunday after she was found in her Wilsonton unit on McGregor St about 2pm.
The Courier-Mail can reveal police are investigating whether Ms Combarngo's stabbing was a revenge attack, after Mikey Hall, who is related to the defendants, was found dead on April 21.
Forensic officers yesterday scoured the crime scene in front of concerned neighbours, who were told by police to remain on alert for anticipated fallout from the attack.
One man, who wanted to be known as Pete, said he had witnessed two groups storm towards the unit on Sunday.
"They arrived in two groups with the first mostly made up of women, then left separately as well, with one man in a particular rushing away from the scene," he said.
"One guy ran off really quickly to start with, and then a few minutes later like another five went racing out."
Nine people were arrested at a nearby Hungry Jack's after pouring out of a maxi taxi yesterday morning.
They were charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and entering premises with intent.
Among those charged were Shiralee Fernando, Ashley Aaron Fing, Rhianna Jade Fing, Ty Peter Fing, Christine Maree Hall, Jana Leigh Hall, Rhonda Ann Hall and Joshua James Lingwoodock.
Much of the Combarngo family - mostly based in the Surat Basin area, west of Toowoomba - were still dealing with the tragedy yesterday.
Ms Combarngo's niece, who did not want to be named, described her aunty as outgoing and loving.
"She was a very caring person," she said.
"She wouldn't do anything to provoke anyone."
Asked about the rumours of a revenge attack, the niece denied her aunty's involvement in Mr Hall's death.
Another niece, Bryar Combarngo, said her aunty would be dearly missed.
"I hope justice comes to the people who did this," Bryar said.
Another family member wrote on Facebook that she was "thinking of BOTH sides of the family" following the tragedy.
Darling Downs Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt alleged a group of people broke into Ms Combarngo's home and attacked her.
"At this point, our main focus is the investigation of the death of this woman at the address at McGregor St yesterday afternoon, and we'll be continuing with that and will be awaiting the results of that post mortem in the next few days," he said yesterday.
"We've had quite a number of people who have contacted police and given us information but we are seeking any other information from anyone else who may not have contacted police."
The group charged over the weekend attack is expected to face the Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning.
Mikey Hall's funeral will also be held in Toowoomba today, with detectives expected to keep a close eye on proceedings.
Additional reporting Tara Miko, Talisa Eley, Sophie Chirgwin and Patrick Billings