Stabbing murder has indigenous community on edge
POLICE liaison officers are working around the clock to help heal Toowoomba's fractured indigenous community following the fatal attack on Debbie Combarngo on Sunday.
For the second day in a row, police and security yesterday monitored small crowds outside Toowoomba Magistrates Court.
It comes as concerns mount about ongoing tensions between two families in the regional city.
Ms Combarngo, 37, was found with stab wounds to her chest at a unit in Toowoomba's northwest about 2pm. She died in hospital.
It is alleged nine of her relatives stormed the unit and attacked her with a knife, metal poles, a hammer and a golf club.
Police are investigating whether the incident was revenge for the death of Mikey Hall on April 21, who died after taking a drug.
There is no evidence linking Ms Combarngo to Mr Hall's death.
Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt said liaison officers were working to ease tensions.
"There is consultation with community members being conducted by other members of our department," he said.
"That's being dealt with, but (detectives) are concentrating on finding out who caused the death."
All nine arrested in relation to Ms Combarngo's death have been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed, and entering a dwelling with intent.
Police do not yet know who inflicted the fatal stab wound.
Co-accused Rhonda Ann Hall was witnessed with a knife by Debbie's daughter Claudia, who was also in the house on Sunday, a court was told on Tuesday during a bail application for Christine Maree Hall which was denied.
Two of the accused - Jana Leigh Hall and Rhianna Jade Fing - were granted bail yesterday after they were deemed to have had "peripheral roles" in Ms Combarngo's demise.
Police escorted both women from Toowoomba watchhouse into their vehicles.
The rest of the accused remain behind bars.
On Tuesday, three cars full of people were witnessed outside the court, causing security concerns.