Max McKinney, Sam Rigney, Nick Bielby
GABRIELLA Thompson, a young Hunter mother, was brutally stabbed to death by her ex-partner, 21-year-old Tafari Walton, a troubled young man with a history of mental illness and domestic abuse who only seven weeks earlier had been granted bail and released on parole.
Walton, who served more than two years in jail for a siege and firearm offences in 2016, was shot dead by police outside his mother's Glendale home on Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after he had brutally murdered the mother of his child.
Those who dealt with Walton in the last few years paint a picture of a young man with a troubled upbringing, significant mental health issues, a fascination with weapons, a history of domestic violence and a desire never to return to jail.
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