Man stabs and kills his eight-year-old daughter because he was jealous of his partner's lesbian lover
Mylee Billingham was stabbed and killed by father William Billingham at his residence in the West Midlands on January 20
A British father who stabbed his eight-year-old daughter to death on January 20 at his residence in the West Midlands reportedly did so because he was jealous that his former partner had taken on a lesbian lover. 55-year-old William Billingham is accused of murdering daughter Mylee and went to trial Wednesday at the Birmingham Crown Court.
Mylee was found at Billingham's bungalow in Valley View, Brownhills, Walsall with knife wounds in January. Despite the intervention of emergency personnel, the girl would succumb to her wounds on the way to the hospital, with a subsequent postmortem examination revealing that she had died from a single stab wound to the chest.
According to the Birmingham Mail, Billingham was also taken to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital for surgery for a serious injuries to his stomach and liver. The father would plead not guilty to his murder charge during a hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court in June with this most recent hearing detailing out some of the horrifying details of his crime.
Karim Khalil QC opened the prosecution's case by calling it "particularly distressing." He said, "Mylee was the defendant’s daughter. She was defenseless. He stabbed her to death by plunging a kitchen knife in her chest when she was alone with him in his house."
Billingham had previously also denied a separate charge of making threats to kill Mylee's mother and his ex-partner Tracey Taundry. Khalil revealed that Taundry had, in fact, come to collect Mylee the day of the murder. "Tracey Taundry was Billingham’s former partner. Moments before he stabbed his daughter to death, she had come to the defendant’s home to collect her daughter. When she was at the front door he threatened to kill her with the same knife and she ran off," he said.
The prosecutor also provided a little background information into Billingham's life, telling the court that he had met Taundry when she was 19 and that they had three children together. He also had children from three previous partners as well, and the pair eventually fell out after Taundry complained to the police of violence after Billingham found "flirting" messages on her phone.
Khalil also said that, while Taundry's bisexuality was initially a subject of "banter" between them, Billingham became hostile after she started a relationship with another woman. He also told the court that he was suspected of hacking Taundry's Facebook account and that, on one occasion, he dressed in her knickers and sent her a photo.
When the trial resumed for the second day, the court heard some of the more chilling details of the murder. When Taundry arrived that night to pick up her daughter, Billingham is said to have put a knife to her neck and threatened to kill her. Khalil said the 55-year-old then dragged the child back to the bungalow even as she was crying.
A distressed Taundry then called the police to the scene, who arrived and opened the front door to be confronted by a "terrible scene."
While the prosecutor described the killing as "swift, deliberate, and brutal" and said Billingham "clearly knew what he was doing," the 55-year-old claimed that the murder never happened while he was admitted at the hospital.
During later police interviews, he said he could remember events leading up to the weekend but nothing after that, though those claims were deemed false by a forensic psychiatrist who examined him and concluded his asserted loss of memory was not genuine.