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Four charged with murder following 'targeted attack' of man



Four people have been charged with murder after a man was ambushed in a stabbing attack in Queensland on Monday.

Police said 48-year-old Jamie Barlow was ambushed in the front yard of his Laidley property, west of Brisbane at around 10pm on Monday.

The father was stabbed "up to 18 times" inside his home, which was deliberately set on fire following the attack.

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"Two 19-year-old women from Laidley, a 19-year-old Caboolture man and a 24-year-old College View man were all arrested last night and charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and arson," police said in a statement this morning.

"The Caboolture man is due to appear in Caboolture Magistrates Court today whilst the remaining three will appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court."

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Barlow's partner was forced to break the news to his family

Barlow initially survived the attack, but died in the arms of his partner. She was forced to share the devastating news with his family.

9News understands she was rushed into protective custody as a precaution until the perpetrators were found.

Barlow's mother, Debra Barlow, revealed she had spoken to her son the day before he was killed, unware that would be her final memory of him.

"That's the worst part," she said.

"I am in shock. I can't believe it's happened, I can't believe the way it's happened."

Following the Barlow's death police said they believe they know who they are looking for.

Gary Watts from Queensland Police said it's possible drugs were involved.

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