‘Justifiably angry’: Premier orders urgent review after woman’s death

Chris Minns pledges review into women's deaths

Source: Sunrise

NSW Premier Chris Minns will order an urgent review of Molly Ticehurst’s brutal murder case, as disturbing details emerge of her accused killer’s string of previous charges.

Circumstances that allowed the alleged rapist and stalker to be released from prison and then allegedly murder the childcare worker in her own home will be urgently reviewed.

Details were being finalised on Tuesday evening and will be announced on Wednesday.

Minns said there were “legitimate questions” to be answered about why Daniel Billings was released on bail before he allegedly killed his former partner.

“Of course the community and the public have questions they want answered, I completely understand that,” he told Seven’s Sunrise on Wednesday.

“We’ll endeavour to get information to the people of NSW as soon as possible but it’s devastating for the Ticehurst family.”

Billings allegedly murdered his ex-girlfriend while on bail facing a string of violent charges, including raping and stalking her, a court was told on Tuesday.

Court documents show Billings had been charged with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent and four charges of stalking and intimidating Ticehurst in recent months.

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, Billings faces fresh counts of failing to comply with his bail conditions and breaching an apprehended violence order.

“A family has lost their daughter and the circumstances are horrifying for that community and that family,” Minns said 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.”

Billings is back in custody after being charged with the domestic violence-related murder of Ticehurst, 28.

Her body was found in a home at Forbes, in central-western NSW, early on Monday morning.

A prayer vigil for Ticehurst was held in Forbes on Tuesday evening as mourners paid tribute to the mother of one.

The 29-year-old accused, from Dalby in Queensland, did not appear when his case was briefly mentioned in Orange Local Court on Tuesday.

Ticehurst’s father Tony said Billings should have been behind bars and someone must be held responsible for her death.

“If they’d have kept him in jail as the police wanted, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Ticehurst told Nine News.

The case has prompted wider concern about why Billings was freed on bail and the strength of apprehended violence orders.

Molly Ticehurst was ‘loved by many’, says her father Tony.

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 her family devastated.

“Naturally they’re just distraught,” he said on Monday.

An online fundraiser to give Ticehurst “the best send-off she deserves” raised $21,000 in 10 hours.

Billings did not apply for bail on Tuesday and it was formally 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 June 20.

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