HAUNTED BY VIDEOED AT­TACK Son-in-law killed my beau­ti­ful girl with a knife through the heart... then texted to say sorry

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con­tin­ues: “At mid­night, po­lice came to the door. And that’s when ev­ery mother’s worst night­mare started.

“They had to tell me twice that Faye had passed away from a stab wound be­cause it wasn’t sink­ing in. I lost vi­sion and my hear­ing from the shock.

“But I im­me­di­ately knew it was him. It hit me that I had such reser­va­tions about him at the start that I re­fused to meet him that first year they were to­gether. I wish I had lis­tened to that feel­ing now and done some­thing to stop them.”

In court Stella en­dured the video Cal­i­man recorded on his phone of Faye’s last mo­ments.

Her voice break­ing, Stella says: “She was on the set­tee in her pyjamas cry­ing and beg­ging him to stop. ‘Mario, stop, please stop,’ She was plead­ing in the most aw­ful voice. And he just said ‘I’m go­ing to kill you’ very coldly. The video showed him punch­ing her in the head, knock­ing her on to her side, be­fore it went dis­torted. Then he just walked out and left the door open be­hind him. Po­lice found their daugh­ter in bed watch­ing TV. “She said she saw ‘Daddy hit Mummy on the head’ but we won’t know what she re­ally wit­nessed un­til she’s older and has the words to de­scribe it. Fam­ily life was ev­ery­thing to Faye and she was so fo­cused on hav­ing this per­fect mar­riage that I think she was ashamed to ad­mit how he re­ally was. “She thought she was big and strong but she didn’t have a chance with him stab­bing her. “Faye was so bub­bly and very loyal and ev­ery­thing re­volved around her kids. She was ev­ery­thing some­one should be rolled up into one per­fect ball. We called her our fire­cracker. We were sup­posed to be go­ing to Fuerteven­tura to cel­e­brate my 50th birth­day, but in­stead I was with her body in the chapel of rest.”

Faye’s el­dest girls, aged nine and 11, live with their fa­ther, while Stella is rais­ing Faye and Cal­i­man’s daugh­ter.

And de­spite never be­ing able to for­give, she hopes to con­tact his fam­ily in Ro­ma­nia so they can meet the child.

Stella adds: “He’ll serve 19 years so he will be in his 50s when he gets out and their daugh­ter will be 21. She can make up her mind if she wants to see him. He’s Ro­ma­nian and she needs to know her roots and her fam­ily there. She is so like Faye. I keep call­ing her Faye by ac­ci­dent and she says, ‘Nanna, I’m not Faye.’ “Ev­ery time she sees Faye’s photo she says, ‘That’s my mum. My mummy’s a big star now.’” Faye’s ashes are buried in a grave­yard over the wall at the end of Stella’s gar­den. She adds: “I sit there and talk to her. I love fill­ing it with flow­ers, keep­ing it colour­ful and tidy. I can’t bring my daugh­ter back but maybe speak­ing out will help some­one else’s daugh­ter stay alive.”

TOUCH­ING: Fam­ily flow­ers at Faye’s fu­neral

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