Dad who killed 8-year-old daughter as revenge on ex-wife's lesbian love is found guilty by jury in just 80 minutes
55-year-old William Billingham has been found guilty in the murder of eight-year-old Mylee. His sentencing is expected to be read out on October 2nd.
British man William Billingham, who stabbed and killed his eight-year-old daughter Mylee to death on January 20 at his residence in the Brownhills, near Walsall, has been found guilty of murder by a jury after just 80 minutes in deliberation. The 55-year-old went on trial at the Birmingham Crown Court this past month for the killing, which he had denied on grounds of diminished responsibility. Dailymail reported that Billingham had murdered his daughter because he was allegedly jealous of his partner's new girlfriend.
However, an emotionless Billingham watched on from the dock, as the jury of four men and eight women found him unanimously guilty following just an hour of deliberations. The verdict will likely come as a relief to the girl's mother, Tracey Taundry, who had stood outside the house in horror as the 55-year-old murdered Mylee.
Billingham allegedly became more hostile towards Taundry — he had met her when she was 19, and they even had three children together — after she started a relationship with another woman, Lindsey Andrews because he feared she would stop him from seeing their children.
On the day of the murder, Taundry had gone to Billingham's home to pick up her daughter. But when she was at the front door, he put a knife to her neck and threatened to kill her. As Mylee was then about the leave the house, he pulled her back indoors by her hood even as she screamed 'mummy, mummy,' and 'please daddy, no daddy, stop it.'
According to an official account, the 55-year-old then 'violently' thrust the blade into his daughter's chest in a 'swift, deliberate, and brutal manner' as a 'final act of revenge' against his ex. Taundry desperately tried to bang on the door and screamed for help, with police who arrived at the residence finding Billingham 'whimpering' and lying on top of Mylee.
Officers and emergency personnel tried their best to rescue the eight-year-old, performing CPR on her before then rushing her to the Birmingham Children's Hospital. However, it would prove insufficient, and Mylee would be pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. the same night. A subsequent postmortem examination revealed that she had died from a single stab wound from the chest.
Delivering the opening statements for the prosecution, Karim Khalil QC had called the crime 'particularly distressing.' He described the killing as "swift, deliberate, and brutal" and said Billingham "clearly knew what he was doing," to brush away the 55-year-old's claims that he did not know what he was doing.
Billingham's behavior had grown increasingly erratic towards Taundry in the lead up to the murder. She had previously complained to the police of violence after Billingham found "flirting" messages on her phone and he was also suspected of having hacked her Facebook account. However, senior Detective Inspector Jim Colclough suggested the killing was primarily due to the 55-year-old's jealousy toward's his partner's new girlfriend.
"Tracey had embarked on a new relationship. This is a relationship she was open and honest about," he said. "It's our view that actually Billingham was not as happy with that situation as he'd made out. Whether that be through jealousy...he decided on that evening to take actions into his own hands."
Khalil had corroborated that theory as well. "It was a violent, jealous rage," he had told the court. "The killing is most likely explained by the jealousy mixed with the rage that he felt towards Tracey and her new partner."
Judge Paul Ferrer QC is expected to hand out the sentence tomorrow, with the 55-year-old almost certainly facing a prospect of a life behind bars. Addressing Billingham, he said, "will deal with sentencing first thing tomorrow morning. In the meantime, you are remanded in custody. You can go down, sir."