Laidley stabbing: Manhunt for four thugs who stabbed a Queensland man to death west of Brisbane
Grieving mom talks about when her son died in his partner’s arms after being stabbed ‘up to 18 times’ by four teenage felons
- Heartbreaking tribute to father allegedly stabbed to death west of Brisbane
- Jamie Barlow, 48, suffered horrific injuries and died in his partner’s arms
- Manhunts on four young men who allegedly stabbed him and set fire to his home
- Mr Barlow’s mother has vowed to go to court every day if his killers are caught
A grieving mother recalls the heartbreaking moment when she learned that her son had died in his partner’s arms after being stabbed in a frenzied attack.
The manhunt continues for four young men who allegedly assaulted and stabbed father, Jamie Barlow, 48, up to 18 times at his home in Laidley, west of Brisbane on Monday night in what police describe as a targeted attack.
The armed suspects, believed to be in their late teens or early twenties, allegedly attacked Mr Barlow at the back stairs of his home and set the property on fire before fleeing.
Mr Barlow was alive when emergency services arrived but died on the spot in his partner’s arms.
Debra Barlow last spoke with her son a day earlier on Sunday.
There has been a torrent of tributes for Jamie Barlow (pictured) after he was reportedly stabbed to death at home Monday night
‘I am shocked. I can’t believe it happened, I can’t believe how it happened,” she told Nine News.
She remembered the devastating phone call from her son’s partner to say he had passed away.
“She said his body is on the lawn, there’s a sheet on it, there’s no one around,” said Mrs Barlow.
“I got that, I just sit here all night.”
Mr. Barlow’s home was destroyed by the fire, killing several pet snakes.
The police investigated the property on Tuesday and closed off the surrounding streets for much of the day.
Homicide detectives are investigating whether drugs or drug debt may have been a motive and believe more than one weapon was involved.
“We don’t believe it was a random attack, we think it was a targeted attack on the victim,” said Queensland Detective Gary Watts.
Debra Barlow (left) received the devastating news about her son from his partner
Police say the suspects confronted Barlow’s partner before fleeing in a car headed for the Warrego Highway.
“She was confronted by the four people and they left,” Det Watts said.
“She witnessed what can only be described as a horrific incident and she is helping us with our investigation.”
Mr Barlow’s tragic death has led to an outpouring of tributes.
“I was there when all this happened,” his shattered partner wrote online
“I loved Jamie and I’m going to miss him.
“I’m in so much pain.”
Police spent much of Tuesday investigating Mr Barlow’s gutted home
Friends remembered Mr Barlow as a good friend.
“Jamie was a great guy (who) had a heart of gold and would give the shirt off his back for someone else if they needed it more,” Kel Maree Gilmour told the Chronicle.
“He would always take the time to stop for a yarn or a smile and wave.
‘His smile will be missed… He had a kind character and a good heart.
Determined to get justice, Barlow’s broken family had a message for his alleged killers.
“If they catch them and take them to court, we’ll be there every day,” his mother said.
Mr Barlow’s Laidley home remains a crime scene as the manhunt for his killers continues