CID quiz foreign filmmakers

The CID has seized the equipment of two foreign independent film makers and questioned them after they recorded footage on tourism and development in Kalpitiya.Belgium independent film maker Guilhem de Crombrugghe and his French girlfriend Marie Ferdinands were in Kalpitiya over the weekend for the shoot after obtaining approval from the Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said that the CID was still investigating the video taken by the two foreigners so they could not provide any information till investigations are complete.  (www.colombogazette.com) Crombrugghe told the Colombo Gazette that a team of CID officers had questioned them in Colombo yesterday and their equipment was seized today over suspicion that they were producing a video to discredit Sri Lanka. Crombrugghe said that the CID had taken him in for questioning when he had gone to the local visa office to extend his visa and also that of his girlfriend. The couple is now at a hotel in Negombo and a CID officer has been placed outside the hotel room while investigations continue.Crombrugghe told the Colombo Gazette that they merely interviewed people in Kalpitiya and Puttalam on tourism and development related issues and had even interviewed Nalaka Godahewa from the Tourist Board. read more

Father who stabbed his daughter eight to death took revenge in most

“The first responders were an absolute credit to their respective services.”Commenting on the murder, Mr Colclough said: “It’s the most selfish act you can think of. It is the greatest breach of trust that you can imagine as a father.”Mylee was an eight-year-old girl. She had every reason to believe that Billingham was the most trusted person in the world. To carry out an act and actually take Mylee’s life … it’s terrible.” The trial judge then heard evidence from the psychiatrist who had assessed Billingham to establish whether the trial should continue or be delayed.The psychiatrist told the court that Billingham not giving evidence would be in his best interests and that the killer being called into the witness box may lead to a further attempt at self-harm or even “completed” suicide. The last picture of Mylee Billingham, posted by William Billingham on Facebook hours before police were called to his home  Asked for his view on the possible motivation for the killing, the senior detective added: “Tracey had embarked on a new relationship. This is a relationship she was open and honest about.”It’s our view that actually Billingham was not as happy with that situation as he’d made out. Whether that be through jealousy … he decided on that evening to take actions into his own hands.”The trial was told that Miss Taundry was outside Billingham’s address for a number of minutes, not knowing what was taking place inside.Mr Colclough said: “The 999 call is a terrible thing to listen to. Tracey was beside herself with concern.”Officers were in the address for tens of minutes working on Mylee and at that time Tracey was unaware as to how serious the events were that had unfolded inside that address.” Tracey Taundry holding a doll as she arrived at her daughter Mylee Billingham’s funeralCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Billingham was eventually brought back to court on Tuesday Sept 25 – arriving in a taxi with a police escort, as his wounds meant he could not be handcuffed or placed in a prison van.After being assessed by a psychiatrist as being fit to instruct his legal team, Billingham opted not to give evidence.Before the trial resumed last week, Mr Mason told the court in the absence of the jury: “He is in some pain and he is under the influence of painkillers. He is capable of listening to questions and providing coherent answers.”From speaking to him, he found the events at court – particularly watching evidence by way of CCTV footage of his daughter – highly distressing.”It appears to be a serious act of self-harm. He has cut both his wrists with razor blades that were in his cell.” Miss Taundry had taken great comfort from support from her local community in Brownhills, West Mids, but she and other family members were absolutely devastated by Mylee’s death, the officer said.He added: “She will never heal from this situation. Mylee will always be missing. She will always be missing a daughter and Mylee’s sisters will always be missing a sister.” CCTV showing William Billingham and his daughter Mylee at Costcutter store around two hours before he stabbed her to death A trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard how Miss Taundry dialled 999 from outside Billingham’s house in Brownhills, near Walsall, telling operators to hurry as Mylee was screaming “stop it daddy”.Jurors deliberated for around 80 minutes before unanimously convicting Billingham of murder and a separate charge of making a threat to kill 34-year-old Miss Taundry. He will be sentenced on Tuesday.The unemployed factory worker opted not to give evidence, claiming he had no memory of stabbing Mylee through the chest, and was guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter due to depression.But prosecutors argued that Billingham “turned his anger” on Mylee to spite Miss Taundry after she began a same-sex relationship.Opening the case at the start of the trial, prosecutor Karim Khalil QC said of the killing: “It was swift, deliberate, clinical, brutal. It was not some manic unfocused assault. “This was no accident and it was not a slight injury – it was a deep, violent thrust of a lethal weapon into the most vulnerable part of his young daughter’s body.”Murderer slashed his wrists in prison during trialThe jurors who convicted William Billingham were not told he had cut his wrists in his cell – using razor blades – part-way through his trial.Billingham underwent surgery after the apparent attempt to end his own life in the early hours of September 21 – a day after his trial was shown CCTV footage of his daughter Mylee in a shop on the night he killed her.The former leather industry worker looked at the floor and covered his eyes with his hands as the two-minute video was shown to jurors on the third day of his trial.The father-of-six then failed to appear in court until the following week – when jurors were told to disregard the bandages on his lower arms, and given no details of how he came by his injuries.In legal argument which could not be reported until the end of the trial, defence barrister David Mason QC said seeing CCTV of Mylee had badly affected Billingham, who spent four days in hospital. CCTV showing William Billingham and his daughter Mylee at Costcutter store around two hours before he stabbed her to death A father’s “deliberate” decision to stab his eight-year-old daughter to death to seemingly take revenge on her mother has been described by a senior detective as “the most selfish act imaginable”.Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, of the West Midlands Police homicide unit, believes William Billingham was unhappy with Tracey Taundry’s new relationship, despite claiming he had no problems with it.Speaking after the former factory worker was convicted of murder, Mr Colclough said the 55-year-old had shown no remorse when interviewed – and only sought to help himself as Mylee lay dying.The killer’s trial was told that officers kicked a knife away from near Billingham’s hands, moving it underneath a rug, as they tried to treat him and his daughter.During their efforts, Billingham kicked out at one officer, ignored repeated requests for information about what had happened to Mylee, and only related information about his own breathing problems.Mr Colclough said: “The initial attending police officers demonstrated real bravery in going into the premises, where the information was that there was a man armed with a kitchen knife.”They were confronted by extremely upsetting scenes (with Mylee lying injured under her father) and everybody worked together tirelessly to try and save her. On the morning Billingham was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital from HMP Birmingham, Mr Mason told the court his client had experienced “some sort of breakdown” overnight, during which he was injured. Tracey Taundry holding a doll as she arrived at her daughter Mylee Billingham's funeral The last picture of Mylee Billingham, posted by William Billingham on Facebook hours before police were called to his home  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more