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A VILE scum­bag has been jailed for life for stab­bing his eightyear-old daugh­ter to death in a “re­venge” at­tack aimed at caus­ing pain to her mother.

William Billing­ham was told he must serve at least 27 years for the “bru­tal and cow­ardly” mur­der of Mylee Billing­ham, who he dragged into his bun­ga­low af­ter her mum came to col­lect her.

The 55-year-old, who will be in his early 80s be­fore he can be con­sid­ered for re­lease, was said by his bar­ris­ter to have no de­sire to live due to his re­morse over the killing.

Pass­ing sen­tence yes­ter­day at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court, Judge Paul Far­rer QC ruled that Billing­ham had killed his daugh­ter out of “jeal­ousy and anger” af­ter his ex-part­ner, Tracey Taun­dry, be­gan a new, same-sex re­la­tion­ship.

Billing­ham was given a two-year con­cur­rent jail term for hold­ing a knife to the throat of Miss Taun­dry be­fore the mur­der, as she called at his home in Wal­sall, West Mids.


The dad-of-six – brother of telly’s SAS Who Dares Wins star Mark Billing­ham – sat with his head bowed in the dock as the judge told him: “When Tracey es­caped you on the front lawn, you turned your anger upon Mylee.

“Your vic­tim was your own eight-year-old daugh­ter, who at the rel­e­vant time was in your care.

“Your mo­tive was to cause pain to Tracey Taun­dry and as such this was an act of re­venge.”

Ac­cept­ing that the de­ci­sion to harm Mylee had arisen spon­ta­neously, the judge added: “Within mo­ments of stab­bing Mylee, you re­alised the enor­mity of what you had done.

“You re­gret­ted your ac­tions and you at­tempted to take your own life.

“Ul­ti­mately, this was the bru­tal, cow­ardly, killing of a de­fence­less and much-loved child who had her whole life ahead of her.”

CAGED: Billing­ham


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