Thursday 14 December 2017

Father of murdered hairdresser labels Facebook 'sick' for memorialising photos of her with killer

Hollie Gazzard, whose ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin has been jailed for her murder. Photo: Gloucestershire Police/PA Wire
Hollie Gazzard, whose ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin has been jailed for her murder. Photo: Gloucestershire Police/PA Wire
Hollie Gazzard. Photo: Gloucestershire Police/PA Wire
Asher Maslin, who will be sentenced for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hollie Gazzard. Photo: Gloucestershire Police/PA Wire
A police tent at the front of Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty in Southgate Street, Gloucester, where Hollie Gazzard was stabbed to death. Photo: Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

The father of murdered hairdresser Hollie Gazzard has spoken out against Facebook for a decision he claims they made not to remove photographs of the woman with her ex-boyfriend.

Gazzard's ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin was handed a life sentence for the murder of the 20-year-old last February.

Her father Nick Gazzard has spoken out about what he says is a "sick" decision by the social media giant, Facebook, to memorialise her profile - which includes nine images of her with Maslin.

Nick told the BBC that it "makes me feel sick when I look at those photos, and to be truthful I try not to go into her Facebook site as I get quite distressed by it".

He said that the family try to "continue to remember the good times we had with her" but her profile makes it difficult for the family to move on.

Hollie's profile has been 'memorialised', which means that it is now in her memory and cannot be changed. Nick pointed out that photos of the young hairdresser with Maslin still on the page have left them "traumatised".

"(Facebook)'s policy is wrong but I am not hopeful they will change their minds".

A spokesperson for Facebook told the BBC that the company "memorialise(s) accounts to provide a place of remembrance and maintain the profile as it was when the person passed away".

"We understand in tragic cases such as this it may mean there are sometimes painful reminders but memorialised accounts are designed to preserve the privacy of the deceased".

Related: Gloucester hairdresser stabbing: Police criticise 'distasteful' onlookers who used mobile phones to film death of 20-year-old Hollie Gazzard  

Hollie Gazzard, 20, was killed by ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin, 22, while she was working at Fringe Benefit & La Bella Beauty in Gloucester city centre at 5.47pm on February 18.

Mr Justice Teare, jailing Maslin, described the murder as "merciless", with 14 stab wounds inflicted on Miss Gazzard in just one minute and 52 seconds.

The court was told Miss Gazzard ended her year-long relationship with Maslin on February 14 - four days before her death - after suffering repeated violence at his hands.

Read more: Hair salon killer Asher Maslin handed life sentence for stabbing ex-girlfriend Hollie Gazzard to death  

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