Bail refused in tattooist murder case

DOUGLAS Elwin Barlow sat passively in the dock of Lismore Local Court yesterday as Magistrate R Denes formally refused bail following his arrest for the alleged murder of Ballina tattooist, Dave Newport on Sunday.

Police have claimed that Barlow, 24, of Moree, entered the outside smoking bar of the Henry Rous Hotel, on the corner of Moon and River streets, about 6.25pm and stabbed Mr Newport, 40, four times in the neck and chest with a steak knife.

Barlow fled to a waiting car in Moon St but turned himself in to Ballina police station about an hour later.

Before being led from the court, Barlow crossed his arms over his chest in a gesture of affection to his family in the public gallery. He was ordered to reappear next month.

Detectives from the Richmond Local Area Command and the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad formed Strike Force Asprey to investigate the killing.

Investigations are continuing and more arrests are expected.

Detective Inspector Greg Moore, described the murder as an isolated incident, downplaying suggestions that Ballina street violence was out of control. He urged witnesses to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“Police are always concerned with these types of incidents and will continue our high-visibility policing operations,” he said.



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