Hairdresser's ex-boyfriend jailed for life for her murder

Asher Maslin, 22, who stabbed ex-girlfriend Hollie Gazzard to death at the hair salon where she worked in Gloucester, was jailed for life today and ordered to serve a minimum of 24 years imprisonment by a judge at Gloucester Crown Court.

'Possessive' hairdresser killer 'couldn't take rejection'

Asher Maslin, who brutally killed his ex-girlfriend Hollie Gazzard when she dumped him, "couldn't take rejection," police said.

Hairdresser Hollie Gazzard had told colleagues to call police if Maslin turned up.
Hairdresser Hollie Gazzard had told colleagues to call police if Maslin turned up. Credit: PA

Detective Inspector Angela Middlewood, of Gloucestershire Police, said: "He was a very volatile individual. He was very controlling and possessive.

"Hollie had broken off the relationship with Maslin and he couldn't take the rejection."

She added: "I don't think we believe that Hollie thought that something as brutal and awful as that would happen but she was aware that he would turn up and pester her and couldn't accept that the relationship was over."

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Murderer says 'sorry' as he is led down to the cells

A security guard who stabbed his hairdresser ex-girlfriend to death in front of horrified onlookers at her salon mouthed "sorry" as he was led down to the cells.

Asher Malin stabbed Hollie Gazzard 14 times after she ended their one-year relationship.
Asher Malin stabbed Hollie Gazzard 14 times after she ended their one-year relationship. Credit: ITV News

Asher Maslin, 22, was jailed for life at Gloucester Crown Court for killing 20-year-old Hollie Gazzard in February.

The pair began dating a year earlier but in the lead up to her death she twice reported him to police.

The court heard when she tried to split up with him four days before she was killed he threw a glass of water over her.

He later sent her a series of abusive messages before carrying out the "brutal and sustained" attack.

As he was taken down to the cells Maslin, who must serve a minimum of 24 years, nodded to his weeping family and mouthed: "Sorry."

Judge brands hairdresser death a 'merciless killing'

A judge who jailed a security guard for life for the murder of his hairdresser girlfriend said it was a "merciless killing."

Hollie Gazzard had told her colleagues to call police if her ex-boyfriend turned up.
Hollie Gazzard had told her colleagues to call police if her ex-boyfriend turned up. Credit: PA

Popular Hollie Gazzard, 20, was stabbed 14 times in under two minutes by her ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin in the salon she worked in in Gloucester city centre.

Judge Mr Justice Teare said: "The number of stab of wounds on a defenceless young woman show that this was a merciless killing.

"It was carried out in public, witnessed by customers of the salon, colleagues of Hollie Gazzard and by passers-by."

The judge said Hollie was at the start of her life with the "world at her feet."

He told Maslin: "Her family has lost a daughter and a sister. Her death has been felt throughout Gloucester as is shown by the circumstance that over 900 mourners attended her funeral at the cathedral."

Maslin is the first person to be sentenced for murder in the town since 1972.

Hairdresser was killed in front of horrified customers

Hollie Gazzard with Asher Maslin when they were an item.
Hollie Gazzard with Asher Maslin when they were an item. Credit: ITV

A security guard stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death at her salon in front of horrified staff and customers who tried to protect her, a court heard.

Hollie Gazzard, 20, had told colleagues to call the police immediately if Asher Maslin, 22, who she had split up with days before, turned up.

Officers were on their way to the Fringe benefits & La belle Beauty salon in Gloucester when Maslin cornered Miss Gazzard at the reception desk and brutally stabbed her 14 times.

Gloucester Crown Court heard Maslin had purchased a craving knife from Wilkinson's for £3 hours before the murder.

He fled dumping the knife at a nearby building site. He then changed his clothes before taking a taxi to a friend's house.

Maslin was arrested at the address the next day and later pleaded guilty to Miss Gazzard's murder.

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Ex-boyfriend of hairdresser faces murder sentence

Asher Malin stabbed Hollie Gazzard 14 times after she dumped him.
Asher Malin stabbed Hollie Gazzard 14 times after she ended their relationship. Credit: PA

The ex-boyfriend of a hairdresser stabbed to death while she was at work will be sentenced for her murder today.

Asher Maslin, 22, killed Hollie Gazzard, 20, as she worked at Fringe Benefits & La Bella Beauty salon in Gloucester city centre on February 18.

Customers and staff were inside the premises at the time.

Hollie Gazzard had ended her relationship with security guard Maslin days before he killed her.
Hollie Gazzard had ended her relationship with security guard Maslin days before he killed her. Credit: PA

Following her death, Miss Gazzard's family said "the brightest star" in their lives had gone out.

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