Teens and man, 24 allegedly stabbed Jaime Barlow before setting house on fire in Laidley, QLD
Three teenagers and a man have been charged after allegedly stabbing a father to death and setting his house on fire as they fled the scene.
Jaime Barlow, 48, was said to have been ambushed Monday night at his home in Laidley in southeastern Queensland in what police say was a targeted attack.
Emergency services were called around 9.50pm and found Mr Barlow with more than six stab wounds.
He died 15 minutes later in his partner’s arms, despite the best efforts of paramedics.
Witnesses told police they saw four young people fleeing Tuesday evening with detectives attacking two 19-year-old women from Laidley, a 19-year-old Caboolture man and a 24-year-old College View man.
They are each charged with one count of murder, attempted murder and arson.
Jaime Barlow (pictured left and right with his partner) was killed after being stabbed at his home Monday night. Police have arrested four people
Mr Barlow’s Laidley home remains a crime scene as four people were arrested (pictured)
Caboolture’s man appeared briefly before the Caboolture Magistrates Court on Wednesday, while the remaining three will appear before the Ipswich Magistrates Court.
An SUV and sedan have also been seized and are under forensics.
Acting Superintendent and Regional Crime Coordinator for the Southern Region, Garry Watts, said police were working continuously to make the arrests.
“We had detectives working all the time since Monday night,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
He could not say whether the four arrested and Mr Barlow were known to each other.
Stacey Vale, Barlow’s partner, assists the police but is not considered a suspect.
She took to Facebook on Wednesday to mourn his loss.
“I was there when all this happened,” she wrote on Wednesday.
“I loved Jamie and I’m going to miss him. I’m in so much pain.’
Barlow’s mother Debra spoke with her son a day before Sunday’s attack.
‘I am shocked. I can’t believe it happened, I can’t believe how it happened,” she said 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, with several of his pet snakes killed in the fire.
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) was told what had happened by her son’s partner
Police said 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,” said Mr Watts.
“She witnessed what can only be described as a horrific incident and she is helping us with our investigation.”
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 told Gilmour. 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.
Police spent much of Tuesday investigating Mr Barlow’s house, which had been set on fire after the alleged attack (pictured)