Young mother stabbed to

Fam­ily dev­as­tated by boyfriend’s vi­o­lent, un­pro­voked at­tack

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A HAYES man faces life in jail af­ter stab­bing his girl­friend and mother-ofone to death whilst she was asleep and de­fence­less in her own home.

Billy White, 23, of Pinkwell Lane, Hayes, pleaded guilty to mur­der­ing 25-year-old Lucy Ayris on Wed­nes­day May 11, af­ter chang­ing pleas and putting her fam­ily to ‘hell and back’.

He will serve a rec­om­mended min­i­mum 15 years in pri­son.

White had ad­mit­ted the ‘un­pro­voked’ killing in court a year ago, but the plea was re­versed when psy­chi­a­trist re­ports were submitted.

He was due to stand trial last week at the Old Bai­ley but changed his plea, yet again, to guilty.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Si­mon Pick­ford, from the Homi­cide and Ma­jor Crime Com­mand, said: “This was a vi­o­lent and un­pro­voked at­tack. It ap­pears White fa­tally stabbed Lucy while she was asleep de­fence­less.

“I must pay trib­ute to Lucy’s fam­ily who have con­ducted them­selves through­out these pro­ceed­ings with in­cred­i­ble courage and dig­nity.”

The cou­ple had been in a volatile re­la­tion­ship for around 18 months, which saw White hit­ting and hurting Lucy, be­fore plead­ing for for­give­ness re­peat­edly and en­ter­ing her life again, her fam­ily say.

All seemed well be­tween the cou­ple, on March 6 last year, af­ter the pair so­cialised at home with friends and fam­ily.

But the alarm was raised at around 5.10am the fol­low­ing morn­ing, when po­lice were called to re­ports of a woman suf­fer­ing stab in­juries at her flat in Pinkwell Lane.

Po­lice, the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice and Lon­don’s Air Am­bu­lance at­tended the scene and found Lucy cov­ered with a blood-stained quilt in the bed­room.

The mum-of-one had been stabbed in the neck and was found with a knife by her feet.

She was taken to Hilling­don Hospi­tal

and where she pro­nounced dead.

White, with his hands cov­ered in blood, was ar­rested at the scene, telling of­fi­cers “I’m sorry”.

He had called his mother im­me­di­ately af­ter the mur­der, dis­tressed and telling her he had killed Lucy.

Later, in a po­lice in­ter­view, he claimed he had no mem­ory of the

was at­tack, but was charged with mur­der on March 8, 2015.

Ac­cord­ing to Metropoli­tan Po­lice, White had a his­tory of men­tal health, suf­fer­ing from a per­son­al­ity dis­or­der and psy­chosis.

White orig­i­nally pleaded guilty but was then al­lowed to change his plea to not guilty and a trial was set to take place.

The fam­ily were told Jan­uary 2016, first of all, and then it was changed to May 9, 2016.

The sad case, along with an­other do­mes­tic vi­o­lence mur­der in the bor­ough of nurse Emily Munemo, prompted a ‘dy­namic op­er­a­tion’ by po­lice to de­tect those in­volved in such abuse, and a cam­paign by Hilling­don Coun­cil to raise aware­ness.

n UN­PRO­VOKED: Billy White, 23, will serve at least 15 years for the mur­der of Lucy Ayris, 25

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