■ Father gets life for murdering Mylee, 8
A MAN has been jailed for life for stabbing his eight-year-old daughter to death in a ‘revenge’ attack aimed at causing pain to her mother.
William Billingham (pictured right) was told he must serve at least 27 years for the ‘brutal and cowardly’ murder of Mylee Billingham (pictured above), whom he dragged into his bungalow after her mother 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 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.
■ Civil partnerships opened up to straight couples
THE GOVERNMENT is to change the law to enable heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships, Theresa May has announced.
Ministers said the move, announced at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, was an ‘important step forward for equality’.
It follows a Supreme Court ruling that legislation on civil partnerships, which are currently open only to same-sex couples, was in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The government said extending them to opposite-sex couples in England and Wales would provide greater security for those who wanted legal recognition for their relationship but did not want to get married.
■ Primera Air collapse leaves passengers stranded
A BUDGET airline has collapsed leaving passengers stranded overseas amid complaints about poor communication.
Danish carrier Primera Air — which offered long-haul flights from UK airports — ceased trading after 14 years of operation.
It said ‘several unforeseen misfortunate events severely affected’ its financial standing.
Earlier this year Primera Air began flying from London Stansted and Birmingham to destinations such as New York and Washington, with one-way fares advertised as starting at £149.
Its collapse left thousands of passengers scrambling to find alternative flights home.
■ Indonesia quake toll jumps as survivors grow more desperate
THE death toll from an earthquake and tsunami that decimated parts of the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi has jumped to more than 1,200.
It comes as disaster officials began reaching coastal areas that were cut off by blocked roads and downed communications lines.
Officials said hundreds of other people were severely injured and that scores of bodies could still be buried under quicksand-like mud caused by Friday’s magnitude 7.5 earthquake.
More than 25 countries have offered assistance after Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo appealed for international help.
Little of that, however, has arrived in the quake zone and increasingly desperate residents grabbed food and fuel from damaged shops and begged for help.