Ulverstone: Man charged with alleged murder of Gabrielle Barnes

A man will face court today charged with the alleged murder of a young woman that has rocked a sleepy seaside Tasmanian town.

A young woman allegedly found stabbed to death inside a home in a quiet Tasmanian town has been identified, as a man was charged with her death.

Gabrielle Barnes’ body was discovered by police at the property on Main Street, Ulverstone about 3am on Tuesday morning.

The 23-year-old had only recently moved to Tasmania from Queensland, with her distraught brother saying on social media she was seeking to “turn her life around”.

Ms Barnes had been living with a female friend and her young children in the small coastal town on the Bass Strait when she was allegedly killed by a man who broke into the house.

Her friend allegedly called police reporting a “prowler” was inside, according to Detective Inspector Kim Steven.

When police arrived they allegedly found Ms Barnes already deceased with wounds “consistent” with a stabbing.

Police later arrested a man, 35, at another home about 200m away on the same street about 11am on Tuesday.

About 8pm on Wednesday night Tasmania police released a statement confirming the man had now been charged and will face court on Thursday.

“Police have charged a 35-year-old Ulverstone man with murder relating to the death of a 23-year-old Queensland woman in Ulverstone yesterday,” the statement read.

“The man was detained to appear before the Devonport Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and loved ones of the deceased.”

Ms Barnes’ brother Casey McCarthy delivered a heartfelt tribute to his younger sister on Tuesday night, calling her a “beautiful soul who wanted nothing but peace in her life”.

“Gabs, we love you, we’re sorry we couldn’t protect you and I’m awfully sorry this happened to you,” he wrote.

“We love you always sweetheart, and will forever miss you.

“From the bottom of my heart, I love you Gabrielle, more than you will ever know.

“May you now be in peace my beautiful baby sister.”

On Ms Barnes’ Facebook page she wrote: “I love my daughter and my doggo, I love my boxing and MMA, I love my fitness and modelling motivation.”

The incident has rocked the sleepy town of Ulverstone, located 20km west of Devonport and with a population of about 14,500.


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