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Review into why man accused of murdering Molly Ticehurst was on bail when charged

Jamie Roberts By Jamie Roberts May16,2024
Key Points
  • A man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend while out on bail for rape will remain behind bars.
  • Daniel Billings is charged with the domestic violence murder of 28-year-old Molly Ticehurst.
  • Her body was found in a home at Forbes in central-western NSW on Monday.
This article contains references to rape and sexual assault.
A man accused of brutally murdering his ex-girlfriend allegedly raped, stalked and intimidated her in the months before the killing, prompting a review into why he was free on bail.
Daniel Billings is charged with the domestic violence-related murder of childcare worker Molly Ticehurst, 28, whose body was found in a home at Forbes, in central-western NSW, early on Monday morning.
The 29-year-old, from Dalby in Queensland, did not appear when his case was briefly mentioned in Orange Local Court on Tuesday.

Court documents show Billings was on bail at the time of the killing, facing three counts of sexual intercourse without consent and four charges of stalking and intimidating Ticehurst in recent months.

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NSW Premier Chris Minns said concerns about Daniel Billings being on bail and the strength of AVOs were “legitimate”. Source: AAP / Bianca De Marchi

He is also accused of recklessly destroying her car window and a pedestal fan at her home in January, along with aggravated animal cruelty against her 12-week-old dachshund puppy in 2023.

In addition to the murder charge, he faces fresh counts of failing to comply with his bail conditions and breaching an apprehended violence order.
The case has prompted wider concern about why Billings was freed on bail and the strength of apprehended violence orders.
Premier Chris Minns said those were “legitimate questions” and the government would review what happened in the lead-up to the alleged murder.
“A family has lost their daughter and the circumstances are horrifying for that community and that family,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
“Listening to her dad … your heart breaks for him, he’s justifiably angry, he’s completely heartbroken, he wants answers as to what happened.”

Public Service Association of NSW president Stewart Little said courts were not adequately protecting women, making police and corrections officers’ work more difficult.

“It’s a kick in the guts for frontline police and for our members that work in the criminal justice system,” he said.
Detective inspector Jason Darcy earlier said Billings and Ticehurst had been in a relationship and the “brutal” killing had devastated her family.
“Naturally they’re just distraught,” he said on Monday.
Billings did not apply for bail on Tuesday and it was refused by magistrate David Day.
Day also formally revoked bail on the earlier charges — which were dealt with by a different court — adding Billings had not yet entered pleas that were due.
“That’s not good enough,” he said.
Billings is due to appear in Parkes Local Court on 20 June.
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Jamie Roberts

By Jamie Roberts

Jamie is an award-winning investigative journalist with a focus on uncovering corruption and advocating for social justice. With over a decade of experience in the field, Jamie's work has been instrumental in bringing about positive change in various communities.

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2 thoughts on “Review into why man accused of murdering Molly Ticehurst was on bail when charged”
  1. It’s truly horrifying to read about cases like this where warning signs were ignored, and a woman ultimately lost her life. The justice system must ensure that perpetrators of such violent crimes are not given the opportunity to harm others while out on bail. My heart goes out to Molly Ticehurst’s family and loved ones.

  2. It’s horrifying to see such a tragic sequence of events unfolding. This shows a clear failure in the justice system that allowed this accused man to continue terrorizing his victim even while on bail for serious offenses. Justice must be served for Molly and all victims of domestic violence.

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