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Sufferer allegedly stabbed by a neighbour in her Brisbane dwelling named as ‘devoted daughter, sister and mom’

Sufferer allegedly stabbed by a neighbour in her Brisbane dwelling named as ‘devoted daughter, sister and mom’


A girl who was allegedly murdered by her neighbour has been described by grief-stricken family members as a ‘devoted daughter, sister and mom’. 

Ana Fa Lavaka, 43, was allegedly murdered by Dorothy Jane Downie, 55, in a unit complicated on Oxford Road in Hamilton, Brisbane, at about 8.45am on Thursday. 

Emergency providers discovered the mother-of-one critically injured from a number of wounds together with a stab wound to the chest. 

She was rushed to the Royal Brisbane and Girls’s Hospital the place medical doctors pronounced her lifeless on account of her accidents. 

Downie appeared earlier than the Brisbane Magistrates Court docket on Friday the place she was charged with homicide and enter dwelling with intent. 

Ana Fa Lavaka, 43, (pictured) was allegedly murdered by Dorothy Jane Downie, 55, in a unit complex on Oxford Street in Hamilton, Brisbane, at 8.45am on Thursday

Ana Fa Lavaka, 43, (pictured) was allegedly murdered by Dorothy Jane Downie, 55, in a unit complicated on Oxford Road in Hamilton, Brisbane, at 8.45am on Thursday

Forensic were seen putting evidence into brown paper bags at the home on Thursday

Forensic were seen putting evidence into brown paper bags at the home on Thursday

Forensic had been seen placing proof into brown paper baggage on the dwelling on Thursday

Emergency services found Ms Lavaka critically injured at the Hamilton unit complex (pictured)

Emergency services found Ms Lavaka critically injured at the Hamilton unit complex (pictured)

Emergency providers discovered Ms Lavaka critically injured on the Hamilton unit complicated (pictured)

Ms Lavaka’s relative, Ana Kauffusi, shared a tribute on-line within the hours after the alleged homicide.

Each born in the identical yr, identical month… I used to be older than you by 22 days. B1 and B2,’ she wrote.

‘You’ll at all times hate it once I inform everybody you had been named after me.

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‘We had plans for our fiftieth birthday. You needed to go on a cruise clearly understanding I get sea sick.

‘I stayed up final evening ready to your name cos (sic) we had quite a bit to complain about for yesterday.’

Others from Ms Lavaka’s native Tongan group shared their sympathies for her household on social media. 

‘Ana was identified to many as our avid baker, devoted daughter, sister and most significantly mom to her lovely daughter Amelia,’ one particular person wrote.

In courtroom, police prosecutor Tara Williams made an pressing forensic request for a pattern of Downie’s blood earlier than it was too late, the Courier Mail experiences. 

‘The urgency is in relation to the extent of medicine whether or not prescription or non-prescription current in her blood on the time,’ she advised the courtroom.  

‘Over time the longer it takes to cope with this utility the degrees are going to vary your honour. It will end in incomplete data for the prosecution and for the defence to think about.’

Downie’s defence, Daniel Hannay, stated police believed his shopper had a historical past of ‘delusions of grandeur and psychosis’, which he had but to handle. 

Mr Hannay stated Downie wanted to first be attended to by a psychological well being nurse and didn’t oppose Sgt Williams’ request for a blood pattern. 

Ms Lavaka died at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital on Thursday

Ms Lavaka died at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital on Thursday

Ms Lavaka died on the Royal Brisbane and Girls’s Hospital on Thursday

A crime scene was set up at the Oxford Street complex (pictured) on Thursday

A crime scene was set up at the Oxford Street complex (pictured) on Thursday

Against the law scene was arrange on the Oxford Road complicated (pictured) on Thursday

Detectives (pictured) arrived at the public housing unit complex to door-knock residents

Detectives (pictured) arrived at the public housing unit complex to door-knock residents

Detectives (pictured) arrived on the public housing unit complicated to door-knock residents

Justice of the Peace Hackett stated that regardless of Downie’s psychological well being points, the proof requested by Sgt Williams had the ‘potential to be extremely related and may very well be misplaced’.

No utility was made for bail and Downie didn’t seem in courtroom on Friday. 

She was remanded in custody and won’t be required to attend her subsequent courtroom look on February 14. 

Detective Inspector John Mison confirmed officers had attended the unit complicated beforehand ‘on various events’. 

‘This can be a very unhappy tragic lack of life,’ he advised reporters on Thursday. 

The unit complicated is multi-unit public housing run by the Division of Housing. 

Anybody who might have data is urged contact Crime Stoppers. 



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