A TEENAGE girl, who said she confronted a neighbour because he had made remarks about her late mother, told a court that she saw the same man stabbing her father on the night he died.
Aaron Jamie Ball, 32, of Russell St, Casterton, pleaded not guilty in Warrnambool Magistrate’s Court to the stabbing murders of Ray McCombe and Toby Lynch and the attempted murder of Stephen Mark, in Casterton, in October last year.
At the conclusion of a three-day commital hearing today Magistrate Stephen Myall committed the accused to stand trial in the Supreme Court.
A directions hearing date has been set for Melbourne Supreme Court on November 7.
Forensic pathologist, Matthew Lynch, told the court that Mr McCombe had 34 incision wounds in the head, chest and abdomen and that it was impossible to determine which injury caused his death.
Similarly Dr Lynch said the cause of Toby Lynch’s death was due to complications relating to a stab wound.
Mr McCombe’s daughter, Jessica ‘Jessie’ McCombe, 16, gave evidence via video link, from a separate room in the court house.
The year 10 student, dressed in a hoodie and a scrunchie, broke down and asked for a number of breaks while recounting the night her father died.
“It looked like Aaron was hugging him, but he was stabbing him in the back,” she said.
“He had one arm around him; the other arm was stabbing him in the back.”
Full details in today’s edition of The Spectator.