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UK Man jailed for murdering 6yo daughter after custody battle

Discussion in 'Europe: Crimes & Trials' started by Lily, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    June, 2016


    Butler was convicted in 2009 for shaking Ellie as a baby, although this was later quashed on appeal.

    The couple then won a High Court judgement to have Ellie returned to their care in 2012.

    Mrs Justice Hogg had sided with Butler despite objections from police, social services and Ellie's maternal grandfather, Neal Gray.

    At the time, Mr Gray - who had cared for Ellie since she was a baby - had allegedly warned the judge she would have "blood on your hands".

    A serious case review found Sutton Children Services felt "powerless to act" following the High Court's ruling.

    It found Mrs Justice Hogg's ruling in the Family Court went much further than simply quashing Butler's previous conviction and had exonerated him, as, in her eyes, he was a victim of a miscarriage of justice.


    Jurors were told Butler battered his daughter to death in a volcanic loss of temper.

    He did not call 999 for two hours and instead called Jennie Gray back from work in the City of London.

    They then concocted an elaborate plot to destroy evidence and stage the scene of an accidental fall before alerting the ambulance service.

    'Grotesque charade'
    The couple even involved Ellie's younger sibling by sending the child into a room on the pretext of fetching Ellie for cake, jurors were told.

    The child can be heard on the 999 call saying Ellie "won't wake up".

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  2. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Ben Butler has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his six-year-old daughter Ellie.

    The 36-year-old father inflicted horrific injuries on Ellie when he was left alone to look after her and her younger sibling, just 11 months after winning the children back in a high-profile custody case.

    Butler's partner Jennie Gray, who helped him stage an elaborate cover-up, was given a total of 42 months for child cruelty and perverting the course of justice.

    The couple angrily protested their innocence when jurors returned their verdicts on the third day of deliberations.

    Gray told them they had made a "big mistake", while Butler shouted angrily that he would "fight forever" and appeal against their decision.

    Butler was described as "pure evil" by a former partner whose witness statement was not read to the jury, but can now be reported.


    The pair concocted an elaborate plot to destroy evidence and stage the scene of an accidental fall before alerting the ambulance service.

    In the chaotic call, former EastEnders actress Gray screamed and shouted at the operator and carried out CPR, despite knowing her daughter was dead.

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  3. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    • February 2007: At six weeks old and in the sole care of her father, Ellie was found to be "suddenly soft and limp". Scans showed she had serious injuries.
    • June 2007: Ellie was placed in the care of her grandparents.
    • January 2008: The Family Court found that, on the balance of probability, Butler caused Ellie's injuries and Gray failed to protect her.
    • March 2009: Butler was convicted of grievous bodily harm and sentenced to 18 months in prison. He had a history of offending and violence.
    • June 2010: His criminal conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal on the basis of new medical evidence.
    • July 2012: The Family Court overturned an order which protected Ellie from her parents. It exonerated Butler and said that any injury caused to Ellie was "purely accidental".
    • An independent social work agency was appointed to replace Sutton Council's social workers to oversee the children being returned to their parents.
    • The children were not subject to any court orders which had an effect of preventing agencies (social workers, child protection, schools etc) from having any further involvement.
    • November 2012: Ellie was returned to her parents' care.
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  4. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Childhood friend of kid killer Ben Butler reveals murderer once tortured dog so badly it lost a leg

    Former pals reveal horrific childhood of demon child who later killed his own six-year-old daughter

    By Mark Hodge
    26th June 2016, 11:35 am

    CHILD murderer Ben Butler showed “psychopathic tendencies” as a lad and even pulled the leg off his pet Yorkshire Terrier.

    Speaking with the Sunday Express, the former pal said the vicious attack on the defenceless animal, named Toffee, happened when the murderer was aged just eight.

    Branding him a “psychopath”, he also revealed that Butler’s parents were called to his school after he savagely “beat up” a little girl who was three years younger than him.

    Former neighbour Micky Buck, who grew up with the cold-blooded Butler in Sutton, south London, revealed the killer hospitalised his brother with a cowardly sucker punch.
    Butler’s former girlfriend Hannah Hillman, 32, also told to The Sun that his eyes would turn black as he beat her senseless while foaming at the mouth.

    Brave Hillman said her former partner is a “psychopath” who beat her over 100 times and even attacked while she was pregnant.

    “During our relationship he must have punched, pushed or kicked me over 100 times — it was a horrible, abusive relationship.

    “The last time he attacked me I was pregnant — it was our first baby. I fell to the ground and he was kicking me like a football. In the head, in the stomach, all over.

    “He did that so in his mind he made me lose that child.”

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  5. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Ben Butler, 36, is challenging both conviction and sentence for the murder of tragic Ellie Butler.

    Former removal man Butler smashed Ellie’s skull in a fit of rage and then concocted a monstrous cover-up.

    Assisted by her mother Jennie Gray, he placed Ellie’s lifeless body by an upturned stool and claimed she killed herself by falling out of bed.

    Doctors described the little girl’s head injuries as similar to a victim of a car crash.

    She was in agony in the days before her death after Butler broke her shoulder blade in a brutal attack.

    Fri, Jul 22, 2016

    Mr Justice Wilkie jailed Butler for life last month and ordered him to serve at least 23 years before he can be considered for release.

    But the judge warned the killer: “You may never be released.”

    She had been brought up by Gray’s parents after Butler was jailed for violently shaking her when she was just seven weeks old in 2007.

    Butler was jailed for 19 months but the conviction was quashed in 2010 when new evidence suggested her head injuries were caused by a traumatic birth.

    Two years later, a High Court judge granted custody to Butler and Gray.

    Mrs Justice Hogg even gushed how it was a “happy ending” and added: “It is a joy for me to oversee the return of a child to her parents.”

    But Neal Gray, Ellie’s grandfather, made the chilling prediction: “You will have blood on your hands.”

    Detail of the challenge to conviction and sentence for Butler emerged at the Court of Appeal in London today.

    Mrs Justice King’s ruling should be published in the next few day after references to Ellie’s young sibling are removed.

    Mr Gray, whose wife Linda died on the first day of their daughter’s trial, has called for a public inquiry to find out why agencies failed Ellie so “completely and utterly.”

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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    This perp needs never EVER see the light of day again! He's insane!
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  7. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Apparently, he's not the only one.

    When does "despite objections from police" EVER work out in a victim's favour??? That judge ought to do some time as well for this child's death, imo.
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