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Asher Maslin, accused of murdering Gloucester hairdresser Hollie Gazzard, in bid to change defence team

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

Asher Thomas Maslin

The ex-boyfriend of Gloucester hairdresser Hollie Gazzard appeared at Bristol Crown Court this morning accused of murdering her.

Asher Thomas Maslin was due to enter a plea to the charge, but instead made an application to change his legal defence team.

The 22-year-old, of Benhall Gardens in Cheltenham, is alleged to have stabbed Hollie to death as she worked at a city centre salon on February 18 this year.

Dressed in a black and yellow Ralph Lauren Polo shirt, dark blue jeans and grey trainers, he took the stand and told Judge Neil Ford QC he had no confidence in his legal team, he did not believe he had seen them enough and did not have a good relationship with them.

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But the judge told him he was not able to change his legal team on a whim.

He said: “It costs the country a great deal of money when people change representatives on a whim. People cannot change representatives like they change their shoes, there has to be some solid legal ground for doing so.”

Judge Ford told the court he would hear a full application on Friday May 16 but warned Maslin he could end up defending himself if he could not resolve matters with his solicitors and his application for legal aid to be granted failed.

He added: “If there is a change of representation there is not going to be a change in trial date.”

He ordered Maslin was not taken away from the court to HMP Bristol until he had spoken to both law firms.

A trial is expected to take place at Gloucester Crown Court on July 14 this year. It will be the first murder trial to have taken place in the Longsmith Street court since 1972.

Hundreds have paid tribute to popular hairdresser and former Chosen Hill schoolgirl Hollie, 20, and a charity has been set up in her name by her Churchdown family.

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