Debbie Combarngo.
Debbie Combarngo.

Startling conclusion to Wilsonton Nine case as final charges change

In what will be a startling conclusion to the court proceedings surrounding the death of Debbie Combarngo, the three remaining accused are to be sentenced on manslaughter and associated charges in Toowoomba on Wednesday.

The defendants who became known as the Wilsonton Nine – namely Joshua James Lingwoodock, 35, Rhianna Jade Fing, 31, Ty Peter Fing, 25, Ashley Aaron Fing, 27, Christine Maree Hall, 36, Jana Leigh Hall, 30, Rhonda Ann Hall, 31, Lynn Fay Jean Anderson, 28, and Shiralee Fernando, 32 – were each initially charged with murder arising from the death of Ms Combarngo in a McGregor St unit on May 6, 2018.

However, at the conclusion of a committal hearing in Brisbane last year, six of the nine – Ty Peter Fing, Christine Hall, Joshua James Lingwoodock, Jana Leigh Hall, Ashley Aaron Fing and Lynn Fay Jean Anderson – were each offered and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter as well as burglary while armed and in company, and two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed and in company.

The Supreme Court at Toowoomba heard certain members of the group had blamed Debbie Combarngo in the death of Rhonda Hall’s brother Mikey Hall who had died of an overdose one month prior to the attack on Ms Combarngo.

The 37-year-old had sustained a number of injuries and died primarily of a stabbing wound to her chest.

The six received sentences varying from five to six and a half years, some also placed on probation while others were given parole.

All six have since been released from prison after spending up to more than two years in prison since their arrest.

The remaining three – Rhonda Hall, Rhianna Fing and Shiralee Fernando – were each set to face a trial this week on a charge of murder arising from Ms Combarngo’s death and the court had set aside three weeks for the trial.

However, late Monday afternoon, The Chronicle received notice from the Department of Justice and Attorney-General that the trio would face a sentence hearing before Justice Peter Callaghan in the Toowoomba Supreme Court on Wednesday.

“All three defendants were indicted for the following charges: Burglary while armed in company x 1, Assault occasioning bodily harm while armed in company x 2, Manslaughter x 1 and have each pleaded guilty to all charges,” the notice read.

The Chronicle will cover the sentence hearings of all three tomorrow.

Originally published as Startling conclusion to Wilsonton Nine case as final charges change