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Asher Thomas Maslin charged with murdering Gloucester hairdresser Hollie Gazzard

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

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The ex-boyfriend of Gloucester hairdresser, Hollie Gazzard, has been charged with her murder.

Asher Thomas Maslin, 22, of Gloucester Road in Cheltenham was officially charged by police this afternoon.

Maslin, also known as Asher Thomas, will appear before Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Hollie from Churchdown was allegedly stabbed to death as she worked in Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty salon just before 6pm on Tuesday.

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Maslin, a former student of Churchdown School, and Hollie’s ex-boyfriend was arrested in Gloucester in the early hours of Wednesday.

Maslin previously worked for DHL and as a security in Watford, London before returning to Gloucestershire.

In a statement Gloucestershire Police reminded the public and media of the Contempt of Court act and of their obligation not to report anything that could prejudice or interfere with criminal proceedings.

The Senior Investigating Officer in the case, DCI Steve Bean thanked those who had contacted the police.

He said: "I would like to say a personal thank you to everyone who has spoken to us about Hollie's death and also to those who have respected the privacy of Hollie's family at this difficult time.

"We understand this is a case that has affected many people.

"The Gloucestershire branch of Victim Support is able to offer free support and advice and you can contact them on 0845 456 6099."

Hundreds of tributes have poured in for the pretty hairdresser, who previously studied at Chosen Hill School.

In a statement, released by her parents Nick, 49, and mum, Amanda, 47, it stated: “Hollie is our daughter and was a beautiful, happy and loving girl. She was full of life and we are very proud of her.

“She was at the beginning of her life and to have it taken away in this manner is very hard to bear.

“Everybody she came in contact with loved her, enjoyed her company, her happy nature and her sense of fun.

“The world has lost a treasure, she was so loved by all her family and friends and the brightest star in their lives has now gone out.

“The only comfort we have at this time is that Hollie is now free and at peace and that no harm can ever come to her as she lives with the angels in heaven.”

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