Molly Ticehurst was allegedly killed by her ex-partner just 15 days after he was granted bail.

Content warning: This story deals with domestic violence and may be distressing to some readers.

A 29-year-old man has been charged with murder and breaching an AVO after allegedly killing his former partner in the Central West region of New South Wales this week.

Molly Ticehurst, 28, was found dead in a home in Forbes just after 2am on Monday, shortly after concerns for her welfare were raised. Initial inquiries led police to a property about 100km away in Fifield, where the 29-year-old man was arrested.

"It was terribly violent," said Central West Police District crime manager Detective Inspector Jason Darcy. "I've got 34 years in the police, a former homicide detective. I've been to a few and it was quite brutal. Thoughts go out to the family of the young lady."

Inspector Darcy confirmed the pair had previously had some "form of domestic relationship". Police confirmed the man was on bail for another offence at the time of the alleged murder.

Police allege in court documents that Molly was raped three times, harassed four times, had car windows and property broken, and her puppy was targeted, during a three-month reign of domestic terror prior to her death.

NSW Premier Chris Minns has said an urgent review will be launched after Molly's death, after the alleged murderer was released on bail on a slew of serious charges 15 days before her death.

"A family has lost their daughter and a little boy has lost his mother. Our justice system must protect the community from those who pose an unacceptable risk," he said.

Her father, Tony Tincehurst, spoke to the media on Monday.


"I can say all the normal stuff that people say about how their daughter was beautiful, but Molly really was," he told 9News.

"Someone's got to be responsible. If they'd have kept him in jail as the police wanted, we wouldn't be having this conversation."

According to police, the AVO should have banned the accused from contacting Molly or going within one kilometre of her home. Molly was a childcare worker and mother-of-one. Her child was found safe at another address in Forbes.

She described her son as her "whole world" on social media.

Molly is the 30th woman to be allegedly murdered in Australia this year, according to the Australian Femicide Watch by Sherele Moody.


The accused was remanded in custody ahead of a future court date.

GoFundMe has been set up to support Molly's family who want to "give her the best send-off she deserves."

A friend on behalf of the family wrote, "On Monday 22nd April 2024, the hearts of everyone were broken, finding out that the life of a beautiful mother, family member, friend, educator, co-worker and so much more was suddenly and tragically ripped away. 

"I'm hoping that I can help to ease a small piece of the pain by helping to raise funds to give Molly the best send-off possible. I ask that if you can donate please do, anything is appreciated. May Molly's wings flourish and may she rest in peace."

— With AAP.

If this has raised any issues for you, or if you just feel like you need to speak to someone, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) — the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.

Mamamia is a charity partner of RizeUp Australia, a national organisation that helps women, children and families move on after the devastation of domestic and family violence. Their mission is to deliver life-changing and practical support to these families when they need it most. If you would like to support their mission you can donate here

Feature Image: GoFundMe.