Ex-Manvers miner gets life for murder

Convicted - Raymond Vernon Billam.
Convicted - Raymond Vernon Billam.

MURDERER Ray Billam plotted the death of his wife then strangled her following a violent struggle at his home.

The 63-year old former Manvers miner’s claims that he was “out of control” when he killed 46-year old Goldthorpe gran Joy Billam on September 30 last year, held no sway with the jury who convicted him of a brutal murder on Tuesday.

Billam, of Guildford Road, Wheatley, was jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 18 years, by judge Mr Justice Openshaw at Sheffield Crown Court, following a week’s trial in which harrowing evidence was heard.

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