Street in mourn­ing

Com­mu­nity strug­gles to come to terms with mum’s mur­der

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

AS their fa­ther faced court ac­cused of the bru­tal mur­der of their mother, Kym Cobby’s three chil­dren were at home, com­ing to terms with the unimag­in­able loss.

Through­out the day rel­a­tives, friends and well­wish­ers streamed through the gates of the ru­ral Woron­gary home.

Inside, Ms Cobby’s three chil­dren, mother, sis­ter and brother-in-law pulled to­gether, strug­gling to cope with the loss, al­legedly at the hands of her es­tranged hus­band, An­drew Cobby.

On Mon­day the street was a crime scene, filled with foren­sic of­fi­cers, po­lice tape, de­tec­tives and tele­vi­sion crews.

Yes­ter­day the leafy street was quiet, be­sides the sobs of those who laid bou­quets near where Ms Cobby’s body was found.

Brother-in-law Craig Eden told the Bul­letin he had not turned on the news since the tragedy. He said his fam­ily mem­bers wanted space as they came to terms with Ms Cobby’s death, which po­lice have de­scribed as ‘bru­tal’.

In­de­pen­dent po­lit­i­cal can­di­date for Broad­wa­ter Ron Nightin­gale was among the well­wish­ers who de­liv­ered flow­ers to Ms Cobby’s mother, Ol­wyn.

“She’s in a ter­ri­ble mess,” he said.

“When she saw the flow­ers she just broke down in tears.

“Luck­ily she has sup­port from other fam­ily mem­bers.

“I’ve made de­liv­er­ies to Tara Brown’s fam­ily ... it never ever changes.”

Neigh­bour and mother-ofthree, Char­lene Day, said the death was “ab­so­lutely the most shocking thing to ever hap­pen” in Woron­gary in over two decades.

“I’m a mum of three, like Kym was, so I woke up to a lot of wor­ried calls from friends,” she said.

“No­body on the street can be­lieve this has hap­pened ... it’s such a nice area.

“My 15-year-old son heard her scream­ing that night, and he’s had to make a state­ment to po­lice.

“He’s still cop­ing with it ... he said to me ‘I can’t help think­ing that I was the last per­son to hear her scream’.”

An­other neigh­bour was seen bring­ing the fam­ily’s bins inside – a small ges­ture to help the griev­ing fam­ily. He said the whole street was in mourn­ing.

Ms Cobby, 51, a long-time Coast lo­cal, at­tended the nowde­mol­ished Star of the Sea Catholic Col­lege at South­port.

For­mer class­mate Tr­ish Kemp was “dev­as­tated”.

“I’m still in shock ... I last saw her about three years ago,” she said.

“She wasn’t big on Face­book, though I had a friend re­quest from her a few weeks ago. She was very quiet and a lovely per­son.”

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Marc Ho­gan, head of the Gold Coast po­lice Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Task­force, said yes­ter­day po­lice were still await­ing post-mortem re­sults to of­fi­cially con­firm the cause of Ms Cobby’s death.

Mr Ho­gan said Mr Cobby had given po­lice a ver­sion of events, but Mr Ho­gan would not go into de­tail.

“We are try­ing to look at what they were both in­volved in, it’s just a mat­ter of nut­ting that all out now,” he said.

Mr Cobby has been re­manded in cus­tody af­ter ap­pear­ing in South­port Court yes­ter­day morning.

The 55-year-old sat in the dock, wear­ing a check­ered gown and showed no emo­tion dur­ing the brief men­tion.

He did not ap­ply for bail and Mag­is­trate Ber­nadette Cal­laghan ad­journed the mat­ter un­til De­cem­ber 7.


A school photo from the Class of ‘82 shows Kym Cobby with her fel­low Year 11 stu­dents at the Star of the Sea Catholic Col­lege, South­port.

Flow­ers are left at the scene of the mur­der.

Kym Cobby’s fam­ily home in Woron­gary.

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