Father to be sentenced for murder of eight-year-old daughter

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A father is due to be sentenced for murdering his eight-year-old daughter moments after dragging her away from her mother into his home.

William Billingham, 55, stabbed Mylee Billingham once in the chest with severe force before causing himself stomach wounds as police arrived at his bungalow in Brownhills, near Walsall, in January.

Prosecutors alleged that Billingham acted out of a desire for “revenge” against his ex-partner, Tracey Taundry, after she began a same-sex relationship.

Mylee Billingham
Mylee Billingham was stabbed to death (West Midlands Police)

A nine-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court was told Mylee was pulled by her coat into her father’s bungalow in Valley View, Brownhills, shortly after he held a knife at the neck of her mother.

The unemployed factory worker opted not to give evidence, claiming he had no memory of stabbing Mylee through the chest, and was guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter due to depression.

But prosecutors argued that father-of-six Billingham “turned his anger” on Mylee to spite Miss Taundry.

William Billingham
CCTV image showing William Billingham and his daughter Mylee (West Midlands Police)

“This was no accident and it was not a slight injury – it was a deep, violent thrust of a lethal weapon into the most vulnerable part of his young daughter’s body.”

The jurors who convicted Billingham were not told he had cut his wrists in his cell – using razor blades – part-way through his trial.

Billingham underwent surgery after the apparent attempt to end his own life in the early hours of September 21 – a day after his trial was shown CCTV footage of his daughter in a shop on the night he killed her.

Judge Paul Farrer QC will pass sentence on Billingham, who faces a mandatory life term, on Tuesday.

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