Murder investigation in Blandford – Man charged

Detectives investigating the death of Katrina O’Hara in Blandford have today charged a man with her murder.

Police were called to Jock’s Barbers on East Street at around 6.10pm on Thursday 7 January 2016 and discovered the 44-year-old with serious injuries. She sadly died at the scene.

A murder investigation was subsequently launched by Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT).

Miss O’Hara was officially identified and named by her family a few days later.

A post mortem examination found that she had died from two stab wounds to her chest. Miss O’Hara’s family are being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.

This evening, Wednesday 13 January 2016, 49-year-old Stuart Thomas – known to the public as George Thomas – has been charged with Miss O’Hara’s murder. He is due to appear at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Thursday 14 January 2016.

Detective Inspector Richard Dixey, of Dorset Police’s MCIT, said: “After investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who has authorised the charge of murder.

“Specially-trained family liaison officers have informed Miss O’Hara’s family about the development and are supporting them at this extremely difficult time.

“This is an ongoing investigation and we are still appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information about this incident to please contact Dorset Police on 101.

“I would like to thank the public for their support and co-operation during the initial stages of our investigation.

“It is also important to stress that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 7:339. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 13 January 2016

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