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Vic hearing over poisoned meatballs plot

AAP logoAAP 11/08/2016 By Caitlin Guilfoyle

A Melbourne woman accused of poisoning her husband's meatballs before injecting him with weedkiller and brake fluid will front a hearing with her co-accused daughter.

Joanne DeBono, 54, is charged with attempting to murder Stephen DeBono in mid-March.

She allegedly crushed up 75 temazepam pills, mixed them with his meatball dinner and watched him eat, before injecting him with about two millilitres of chemical cocktail as he slept.

Mr DeBono woke and asked her what she was doing while the needle was still in his arm, the Melbourne Magistrates Court has heard.

Police have alleged his wife fled and later went to a police station where she confessed.

She said her husband had physically and emotionally abused her for 25 years.

DeBono, of Gowanbrae, and her 19-year-old daughter, Shannon DeBono, are both charged with attempted murder and intentionally causing injury over the alleged incident on March 12.

The duo, who are on bail, fronted court briefly on Thursday and the matter was listed for a committal hearing for a magistrate to decide if there's enough evidence for a trial.

Nine witnesses will testify at the three-day hearing scheduled for April 2017.

Joanne DeBono is due back in court in a month because her Legal Aid funding hasn't been approved, the court was told on Thursday.

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