AN­GUISH OF MUM

GROOM MUM BRIDE

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Liz Dun­phy

WARPED Mar­ian Cal­i­man stabbed his es­tranged wife in the face, neck, stom­ach, back and heart – then texted her mum to say “sorry”.

Shell­shocked Stella Wil­liams dis­cov­ered the mes­sage af­ter po­lice ar­rived on her doorstep to tell her Cal­i­man had mur­dered her daugh­ter Faye, 30 – and even videoed her plead­ing for her life.

As she cow­ered on a sofa, the brute told her: “I’m go­ing to kill you.”

Their two-year-old daugh­ter was watch­ing Peppa Pig on TV up­stairs as Cal­i­man, 32, plunged a knife into Faye with such force that the blade snapped.

To­day, haunted Stella, 50, ex­clu­sively tells the Sun­day Peo­ple how her “bub­bly and loyal” daugh­ter’s life was made hell by con­trol­ling Cal­i­man.

He was jailed for life last month af­ter Not­ting­ham crown court court heard how in his text he asked Stella to “look af­ter the girls” and said “sorry”.

Stella says: “How dare he kill my daugh­ter then text me. It was so cold – like he was rub­bing my nose in it.

“He wormed his way into our lives but he was an evil piece of work. He called me ‘Mum.’ I loved him to bits. Now all I feel for him is con­tempt.”

Cun­ning

Stella and soul­mate Faye, who had three daugh­ters, bore a strik­ing re­sem­blance. “She was my lit­tle Min­ime,” Stella says. “We did ev­ery­thing to­gether. We could be in dif­fer­ent coun­tries and we’d know what each other was think­ing.”

Faye’s mur­der at home in Best­wood Vil­lage, Notts, preys on Stella’s mind ev­ery day.

She re­veals how, de­spite early reser­va­tions, cun­ning Cal­i­man won the fam­ily round.

And she goes on: “They met on a night out in 2013. They got chat­ting and he walked her home. She thought he was a gen­tle­man. He was from Ro­ma­nia and had no fam­ily here so I’d buy him presents and make him feel wel­come.

“He cooked at our bar­be­cues. He was fun and mucked in. He worked in con­struc­tion and he did a great job of floor­ing and tiling my house. I started to think, ‘I’ve got a good son-in-law.’

“He was very po­lite, re­spect­ful and only ever showed me his good side. “I trusted him com­pletely.”

The cou­ple mar­ried in 2015 and Stella paid for the wed­ding.

She adds: “Faye looked beau­ti­ful and was so happy. She had pulled her life to­gether, got the man of her dreams and was happy.”

But Cal­i­man be­came in­creas­ingly con­trol­ling and abusive. He threw Faye down the stairs on Christ­mas Eve 2016 af­ter a row about go­ing out with his work­mates.

Stella says: “He was gone un­til Box­ing Day. Then he mes­saged her, say­ing he ‘missed his baby.’

“It was Christ­mas so she gave in and took him back.”

Stella only dis­cov­ered how bad the re­la­tion­ship had be­come in April 2017 when Faye turned up cov­ered in bruises.

She re­calls: “She had a black eye and black stran­gu­la­tion marks on her neck. He had gone to town on her. She swore blind she would not go back to him but she did. When we asked her about it she said she was work­ing on her mar­riage. I wish now I put more pres­sure on her to leave.

Chances

“But she hid a lot of things. She gave him lots of chances to change but he never did. It was al­ways his way or no way. And when she chose her way, she paid with her life.” Faye ended the re­la­tion­ship in March and got a new job in tele­sales, which seemed to an­noy Cal­i­man. Six weeks later he killed her af­ter a row about babysit­ting. Stella and Faye spoke by phone at 7.30pm on that fate­ful night. She

MY GIRL: Stella with daugh­ter Faye, also seen, right, as a tod­dler

VIDEO MON­STER: Killer Cal­i­man filmed ex as she pleaded for life

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