Butler tried to kill my unborn baby, says ex-girlfriend
BEN BUTLER, the father jailed for life last week for murdering his six-year-old daughter, attacked his exgirlfriend while she was pregnant, causing her to almost lose their baby, she has revealed.
The 36-year-old beat daughter Ellie to death, just 11 months after winning custody of her, having previously had a conviction for harming her quashed. Now Butler’s former girlfriend, Hannah Hillman, 32, has claimed he also tried to kill her unborn baby during one of his many violent rages when they were a couple.
Miss Hillman met jobless Butler in 2004 and began a relationship shortly afterwards. But she said within weeks he was using violence to control her.
She told The Sun: “During our relationship he must have punched, pushed or kicked me more than 100 times – it was a horrible abusive relationship.
“The last time he attacked me I was pregnant – it was our first baby.” Miss Hillman said she believed Butler wanted her to lose the baby, who survived the attack.
Ben Butler was violent towards Hannah Hillman within weeks, she says