‘I wish she was here and celebrating her A-levels’
A POLICEMAN who helped lead the investigation into Ellen’s death has said he hoped Buckley would spend the rest of his life contemplating his evil actions.
Speaking after the court case, Det Supt Howard Millington described how sixth-former Ellen had had the rest of her life ahead of her.
He said: “Buckley callously killed Ellen in broad daylight. He attacked her in the most brutal way as she was walking around Orrell Water Park before going to meet her friends who were taking their exams.
“I am glad Buckley will now be spending many years behind bars to contemplate the young life that he has stolen away, but I wish that we hadn’t even had to investigate this crime. I wish it hadn’t happened and Ellen was here celebrating her A-Level results with her friends.
“I would like to pay tribute to Ellen’s family and boyfriend for the dignified way they have conducted themselves in what has been the most awful of times. We can never bring Ellen back but I hope they can gain some comfort in the fact that justice has been done.”
Det Supt Howard Millington