Statements from Lucy’s heartbroken family
LUCY Ayris’ distraught family released a heartfelt statement following the statement, asking for White to be ‘locked up forever’ after taking the life of a ‘special mummy, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin’.
It read: “When we first met Billy White we thought he was okay, however, we then found out he was hitting and hurting Lucy.
“This continued, and my family wanted to speak to Billy White and make sure he stopped but Lucy did not want us to do this.
“In 2014, he was sent to prison which we hoped would end the relationship - but the next thing we knew, Billy White was back with all the excuses you could think of.
“We told Lucy she should get rid of him but she said he was sorry and it would not happen again.”
The family explained how any time the abuse happened, White would say he was sorry and even cry to make Lucy feel he did care and give the impression he was sorry, and would get himself back into her life again.
‘How do you tell a little girl that her mummy’s boyfriend murdered her?’
The family continued: “How wrong we were - I wish I could turn back time and change all this, stop the hurt and pain me and my family now have to live with, you can see the hurt and pain in their eyes every day. They blame themselves for not doing more.
“There are times when we are all together and there is silence, we’ll say nothing and we look for Lucy, but she is not there, only in our hearts, we miss her so much.
“As for Lucy’s daughter, this is the hardest. She understands her mummy has gone but how do you tell a little girl that her mummy’s boyfriend murdered her?”
They said: “For the last 12 months myself and my family have been to hell and back. We have attended every hearing at The Old Bailey and believe it’s just been about Billy White - not about him murdering our daughter Lucy.
“Last week (just over a week before the trial) we were told he was now going to plead guilty.
“I believe he has pleaded guilty because he could not prove that he had a mental condition and so, by pleading guilty, he will get a shorter sentence.
“Billy White pleading guilty to Lucy’s murder does not change anything.
“All it does is stop us going through a big trial.
“Nothing will bring my daughter back.”
The family pleaded that White should be ‘locked up forever’ so he can never destroy another family.
They added: “We also have a life sentence as Billy White murdering Lucy is something we will have to live with every day of our lives.
“How we do this I simply do not know, knowing Billy White has taken something so special, a mummy, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin. Missing you Lucy Lou.” “WHEN Billy White murdered my daughter Lucy he might as well have killed us all.
“The effect it has had on me and my family has been unrea, that day changed our lives forever. For the last 12 months myself and my family have been through hell and back.
“Look at my family and the effect it has had, look at what we’ve had to go through for the last 12 months by Billy White trying to play the system.
“Him pleading guilty does mean we do not have to go through a trial but that does not take away the pain and suffering my family have had to to endure.
“We have had a life sentence by Billy White murdering Lucy and that is something we will have to live with every day of our lives. He has taken a mother, a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, an auntie and a good friend away from us all.
“Missing you so much Lucy Lou xx”