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Hollie Gazzard's ex-boyfriend Asher Thomas Maslin to appear at court today charged with her murder

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

THE EX-BOYFRIEND of ‘beautiful’ Gloucester hairdresser, Hollie Gazzard, has been charged with her murder.

Asher Thomas Maslin, 22, was due to appear before Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court today.

Hollie, 20, was stabbed on Tuesday night while at work in Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty salon in the city’s Southgate Street just before 6pm.

Maslin, of Gloucester Road in Cheltenham, was arrested in the early hours of the following morning and charged yesterday afternoon.

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He is believed to be a former student of Churchdown School.

Gloucestershire police asked the public to be aware of the Contempt of Court act and their obligation not to report anything that could prejudice or interfere with criminal proceedings.

DCI Steve Bean expressed his gratitude to everyone who helped police with their investigation.

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.”

Meanwhile, hundreds of tributes have poured in for the popular hairdresser from Churchdown.

More than 10,000 people have joined a Facebook page in memory of the former student of Chosen Hill School.

It has seen hundreds of messages left already with people passing on their condolences to her family.

Victoria Louise said: “Fly with the angels, be forever young and smile down your beloved family and they will know you are always with them xxx.”

Joanne Pope added: “We are so sorry and shocked to hear this awful news about Hollie.

“It is utterly devastating and we send our love and thoughts to your lovely family.

“Please know that people care and she will not be forgotten.”

Another friend, Jo Pearson wrote: “I only knew you briefly Hollie, but you made such a wonderful impression on me.

“Such a delightful happy ray of sunshine. The world was a brighter place for having you in it.

“You will be sadly missed. RIP xxx.”

Poignant floral tributes have also been added just yards from where she was stabbed.

The cordon around the salon was reduced in size yesterday morning, but a white tent remained outside the city centre shop.

The flowers read: ‘You will never be forgotten,’ ‘a star that shines so brightly’ and ‘always in our thoughts’.

Hollie had worked in Fringe Benefits since last year and described herself in a staff profile on its website as a “passionate individual”.

She said that she had always known hairdressing was the career for her as she had always had a passionate interest in hair and fashion.

“I am a very passionate individual and take great pride in my work so can offer all my clients a unique professional and personal experience,” she wrote.

“I enjoy spending my free time with friends and family and going on shopping trips.

“I also like to keep fit and own a Pomeranian which keeps me on my toes.”

She had travelled to Florida a year ago in April to work as a hairdresser on a Bahamas cruise ship, but returned two weeks into the nine-month contract as she was homesick.

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