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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Ben Butler guilty of murdering daughter in #Sutton

36 year old Ben Butler has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering his six-year-old daughter Ellie in 2013, 11 months after winning a high-profile custody battle to get her back.

She died at the family home in Westover Close.

A jury at the Old Bailey also found him and his 36-year-old partner Jennie Gray guilty of child cruelty.

The court also heard how Sutton Council had tried to prevent the return of Ellie to her father after she was previously removed from his care.

It has also emerged that jailed PR "guru" Max Clifford was the man behind Butler's press campaign to get his daughter back.

The pair will be sentenced at 12.30.

Our reporter Richard Suchet is at the Old Bailey.

An NSPCC spokesman said: “This tragedy raises serious questions about why Ellie was returned to the man who would eventually kill her – questions which a serious case review must address.

There were signs such as absences from school and bruising which should have acted as a red flag that Ellie was in danger.

Despite this she was left at the mercy of Ben Butler who has shown himself to be a violent, aggressive and manipulative man, more concerned with covering his tracks than seeking medical help for his daughter.

He was aided in this sickening crime by his partner Jennie Gray who has been revealed to be just as conniving, deceptive and duplicitous.

There are obviously lessons to be learned from such a harrowing case.”

Statement from Sutton Safeguarding Children Board.

The Sutton Safeguarding Children Board is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Ellie Butler.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with Ellie’s extended family and friends for their enormous loss, particularly her grandparents who played such a positive role in her life.                    

An independent serious case review has been carried out to consider the circumstances of Ellie’s death.

Now that the verdict has been reached, the Sutton Safeguarding Children Board will publish the serious case review report within the next two hours. 

Further details can be found by clicking here 
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