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Molly Ticehurst’s accused murderer fronts court

Molly Ticehurst death has intensified a growing movement against gendered violence.

Molly Ticehurst death has intensified a growing movement against gendered violence. Photo: AAP

The man accused of murdering Molly Ticehurst has briefly faced court in regional NSW.

Daniel Billings, 29, appeared in Parkes Local Court on Thursday morning, appearing via audio-visual link from the High Risk Management Correctional Centre at Goulburn jail.

Billings, who was wearing prison greens and had a moustache and dreadlocked hair, did not speak but nodded to confirm he could hear the court proceedings.

Magistrate Brett Thomas adjourned the case, allowing prosecutors time to prepare a brief of evidence.

Billings is charged with the domestic violence murder of Ticehurst, 28, whose body was found in her home at Forbes, in central-western NSW, in the early hours of April 22.

He was also charged with breaching an apprehended violence order and failing to comply with bail conditions.

Billings was out on bail at the time of the alleged murder for charges related to Ticehurst, including three counts of sexual intercourse without consent and four counts of stalking and intimidating her.

The earlier charges also included two counts of recklessly destroying a car window and a pedestal fan at her house, and aggravated animal cruelty against her 12-week-old dachshund puppy.

Billings had been released on bail by a registrar at Dubbo Local Court on April 6, a fortnight before the alleged murder.

Ticehurst’s death intensified a growing movement against gendered violence and sparked NSW government changes to bail laws.

Billings will face court again on August 22.

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– AAP

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