But­ler tried to kill my un­born baby, says ex-girl­friend

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Martin Evans CRIME COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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

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