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  • 6 June 2014, 21:31

Hollie Gazzard: Ex Admits Killing Hairdresser

The former boyfriend of a hairdresser who was stabbed to death while at work has pleaded guilty to her murder.

Asher Maslin, 22, admitted killing Hollie Gazzard at a Bristol Crown Court hearing on Friday.

He spoke only to confirm his name and enter a plea.

Miss Gazzard, 20, was killed as she worked at Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty salon in Gloucester on February 18.

A post-mortem examination found she died from multiple stab wounds.

Miss Gazzard had used her Twitter account to express her frustration with a relationship with an ex-boyfriend.

She wrote: "Why are people so selfish?! If a person isn't happy within the relationship why try and make them stay?!"

Since her death, Miss Gazzard's family has set up a charitable trust in her memory which sponsors training for young hairdressers and contributes to campaigns against domestic violence.

In April, hundreds of people took part in a walk from Gloucester to Cheltenham to raise money for the trust.

In a statement, they said: "She was full of life and we are very proud of her.

"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 Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating contact between Miss Gazzard and Gloucestershire Police in the lead up to her death.

Judge Neil Ford QC, the Recorder of Bristol, remanded Maslin in custody.

He said: "Your sentencing will take place on a date to be fixed in the relative near future.

"You appreciate that the only sentence that can be imposed is one - imprisonment for life."

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Bean said: "Hollie was a popular and much-loved young woman and the tragic and very public nature of her death has affected a great many people across the community.

"Special tribute must be paid to Hollie's family, who have shown immense strength, patience and dignity in incredibly challenging circumstances."

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