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The grandfather of murdered Ellie Butler said he is disappointed that social services and other agencies involved in the six-year-old's care have not faced criticism after an inquest into her death. Retired high court judge Dame Linda Dobbs concluded, after a two-week inquest which comes five years after the girl…
The action or inaction of agencies involved in the case of murdered six-year-old Ellie Butler cannot be said to have "possibly or probably" contributed to her death, a coroner has ruled. The young girl, who was beaten to death by her father Ben Butler in 2013, was unlawfully killed, an…
Ellie Butler's grandfather vowed her death "cannot have been in vain" as he described her murderer father as a "brutal maniac" in an inquest into her death. The six-year-old girl was beaten to death by Ben Butler at their family home in Sutton, south London, in October 2013. She had…
A father convicted of murdering his daughter 11 months after she was put back in his care has denied causing her "any injury" at an inquest into her death. Ben Butler beat six-year-old Ellie to death at their family home in Sutton, south London, in October 2013. He is serving…
An independent social worker has told an inquest that she did not see the "volatility" of a father who went on to beat his six-year-old daughter to death as a risk. Ellie Butler was battered to death by Ben Butler at their family home in Sutton, south London, in October…
Murdered Ellie Butler was so scared of being returned to her abusive parents that she hid under a table every time the doorbell rang, an inquest has heard. Ben Butler beat his six-year-old daughter to death at their family home in Sutton, south London, 11 months after she was returned…
A coroner has berated a murderer father after he accused an inquest into his daughter's death of being corrupt. Ben Butler, who beat six-year-old Ellie Butler to death at their family home in Sutton, south London, threatened to walk out of the hearing during an outburst on Friday. Retired high…
A council has extended formal condolences to the grandfather of Ellie Butler, who was beaten to death by her father after being taken from her grandparents' care. Ellie was battered to death by Ben Butler at their family home in Sutton, south London, 11 months after being returned to him…
The inquest into the death of schoolgirl Ellie Butler is to open on Monday, four and a half years after her father battered her to death at the family home. The six-year-old's father Ben Butler was convicted of her murder in June 2016 after a trial at the Old Bailey…
The mother of Ellie Butler - the six-year-old murdered by her father - has lost a bid to challenge her conviction. Ben Butler was convicted of murder in June 2016 following a trial at the Old Bailey and jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years. Ellie's mother,…
The grandfather of murdered six-year-old Ellie Butler has told how his life savings were wiped out fighting for her custody while taxpayers picked up her killer father's vast legal bill. Jobless Ben Butler and partner Jennie Gray, both 36, were reportedly granted nearly £1.5 million legal aid over 15 years…
Social services bosses say lawyers advised them that they "couldn't have appealed" when a senior family court judge ruled that Ellie Butler should return to live with the father who had been accused of hurting her. Bosses in the London Borough of Sutton said they had "strongly contested" the decision…
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