Ben Butler, aged 36, was convicted today at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of his six-year-old daughter Ellie on 28 October 2013.
Malcolm McHaffie, CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said:
“Six-year-old Ellie Butler was murdered in her home, where she should have felt safe, by her violent father who should have loved and protected her.
“The CPS presented evidence of Ben Butler’s contempt for his daughter and his aggressive nature and volatile temper through text messages and diary entries.
“We may never know exactly what happened in the last few hours of Ellie’s life but the CPS built a strong case to show that her death was the result of deliberate violence by Butler.
“Butler and his partner and Ellie’s mother, Jennie Gray, did all they could to try to divert the police investigation away from any suspicion of Butler. However, the Crown’s expert medical evidence showed that Ellie’s catastrophic head injuries could not have been the result of an accident, but must have been deliberately inflicted.
“This was a complex and challenging case which involved a thorough police investigation and was clearly and carefully presented to the court by the CPS. Their hard work and dedication has helped secure justice for Ellie.”