Mylee Billingham, 8, shouted 'mummy, mummy' before her dad stabbed her to death in 'swift and brutal attack', jury hears

William Billingham is accused of murdering eight-year-old Mylee at his home in January 2017.

The 55-year-old is said to have lashed out after his ex-girlfriend and Mylee's mum Tracey Taundry after she started a relationship with another woman.

Birmingham Crown Court today heard an account of the last moments of little Mylee's life, as she was stabbed to death through the chest.

Jurors were told Tracey had gone to pick her daughter up from Billingham's bungalow in Brownhills, near Walsall, when she saw him pick up a knife.

He then allegedly put the knife to his ex's neck, saying "I'm going to f****** kill you."

Karim Khalil QC, prosecuting, said: "Tracey managed to move away. She also pushed Mylee away and started to run but she slipped.

"Then Tracey saw the defendant grab Mylee by the hood of her coat and he started to drag Mylee back towards the bungalow.

"All the time Mylee was shouting 'mummy, mummy' and 'please daddy, no daddy, stop it'."

After Mylee was taken inside, her mum banged on the door but could not open it as she shouted to her daughter, the court heard.

The jury were shown pictures of the gruesome scene cops found when they arrived at the home, with Billingham found face down "on top of his daughter".

Mr Khalil said: "Mylee was covered in blood and a grey colour."

She was raced to hospital on January 20 but sadly couldn't be saved, with a post mortem finding she suffered a 17cm-deep stab wound to her chest.

Jurors were told the youngster also had marks on her hand suggesting she had tried to defend herself.

During police interviews the dad said he could remember events leading up to the weekend but nothing after that.

Mr Khalil said: "He denied emphatically that it had anything to do with jealousy towards Miss Taundry and her new relationship and said it was not an act of revenge.

"The killing was swift, deliberate and brutal. It has all the hall marks of someone who knew what he was doing."

He is also said to have described what happened as a “moment of madness", the court was told.

The couple had broken up after he found “flirting” messages on Miss Taundry’s phone, but their relationship continued to be intimate, jurors were told yesterday.

But it was when Miss Taundry embarked on her new relationship that Billingham is alleged to have become hostile.

His ex-partner claimed he hacked into her Facebook account and dressed up in her knickers before sending a picture to her.

He later sent her affectionate texts and asked repeatedly if they could have sex, jurors were told.

He allegedly asked to have a bath at Miss Taundry's home on January 18, two days before Mylee was murdered, but she said no.

Billingham entered the property by a spare key on the same night, the prosecution told the court.

However, the couple went to a working mens' club and spent the night at the home of one of Billingham’s older daughters.

Billingham was taken to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital for surgery to injuries caused on the same evening.

He pleaded not guilty to murder during a hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court in June, and also denied a separate charge of making threats to kill Miss Taundry.

The trial continues

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