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Man Convicted Of Murder Of Goldthorpe Woman

Tuesday March 20 2012

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A MAN has been convicted of the murder of Goldthorpe woman Joy Billam who died after being strangled to death.

Raymond Billam, 63, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday charged with the murder that occured in September last year.

Police began investigating when Joy's body was found in the boot of her purple Ford Fiesta Fusion, which was parked on Doncaster Road.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Middleton said: “This is particularly tragic case that has devastated Joy’s family. Raymond Billam is dangerous man and the court heard how Joy endured his abuse for years, which ultimately resulted in her death.

“I sincerely hope Joy’s family can now come to terms with her death and find some closure.”

Tony and Lee, the sons of Mrs Billam, released this statement to the press. “Whilst what has happened today will never bring our mum back, we are naturally delighted that Raymond Billam has been convicted of our mum’s murder. Throughout his trial, he has sought to discredit our mum’s name and convince the jury his actions were justified.

“His attempts to convince the jury that she was the love of his life and would never hurt her were a sham. Only when she decided to leave him and make a new life did he show his true colours. When it was clear she would no longer be around to pay for his lifestyle, he murdered her.

“Our mum loved her grandchildren so very much; she was so full of life and happy when around them. They will never see her again due to his spitefulness and jealousy.

“Thankfully the jury saw through his lies and distortion of the truth. He will go to prison, as a convicted killer for the rest of his life. We are grateful to South Yorkshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service for their help.

“We would now privately, like to be allowed to come to terms with what has happened.”

The 16-year-old boy, from Doncaster who had previously pleaded guilty to assisting an offender, is due to be sentenced at a later hearing.

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Reply Posted by Teresa_beckham101 on Tuesday March 20 2012 at 13:12
Justice at last for that poor family , may she rest in peace x

Reply Posted by Maxine on Tuesday March 20 2012 at 14:46
am glad u gt justice 4 ya mum rip hun xx

Reply Posted by Garethbillam on Thursday March 22 2012 at 10:19
he is not a dangerous man he's a loving man who did not deserve to be found guilty of murder he should of got manslaughter but the jury couldn't see through all the lies in that court room !! 

Reply Posted by Garethbillam on Thursday March 22 2012 at 10:20
oh and the 16 year old boy got 18  months probation if you wanna have a moan about that too 

Reply Posted by mad on Saturday March 24 2012 at 17:59
well at least we are rid of the scum that walks the earth the only shame is that sum people do get away with murder or at least helping !!!! but every dog has its day !!!  :)

Reply Posted by George on Saturday March 24 2012 at 18:03
Gareth we will see what what happens with ur 18 months probation gareth

Reply Posted by George on Saturday March 24 2012 at 18:06
18 months probation is good for u but u will all ways be looking where u going and who is after you

Reply Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday June 4 2013 at 13:06