Accused’s blood to be tested for drugs after Tongan mother stabbed to death

Brisbane Police have been granted an order to obtain blood samples as soon as possible from a woman charged with murder so they can be tested for the presence of drugs.

‘Ana Afā Fesimaka Moimoi

Dorothy James Downie, 55, is accused of fatally stabbing Tongan woman ‘Ana Afā Fesimaka Moimoi, 43, also known as ‘Ana Fa Lavaka, in the Brisbane suburb of Hamilton on Thursday.

She has also been charged with enter with intent.

Police responded to reports of a disturbance at an address on Oxford Street in Hamilton about 8.45am on Thursday, where the mother-of-one was stabbed several times including in the chest before dying of her injuries in hospital.

Downie was charged by police on Thursday with her matter briefly heard in the Brisbane Arrests Court on Friday, where police sought an urgent forensic order to secure blood samples.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Tara Williams said the urgency was in relation to whether there were prescription or non-prescription drugs in her blood at the time of the attack.

“My submission is if it’s not dealt with today there is a potential loss of evidence,” the court heard.

“Over time, the longer that it takes to deal with this application the levels are going to change … it’s going to result in incomplete information for the prosecution and for defence to consider.”

Daniel Hannay, representing Downie, said his client had a history of delusions of grandeur and psychosis, and still needed to be seen by a mental health nurse.The order was granted by magistrate Andrew Hackett.

Downie was remanded in custody with the matter adjourned until February 14.

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