State­ments from Lucy’s heart­bro­ken fam­ily

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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”

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