Family of car boot murder victim speaks out

Murder victim Joy Billam.
Murder victim Joy Billam.

A HEARTBROKEN son has spoken for the first time following the discovery of his mother’s body in the boot of a car.

Joy Billam, 46, has been described as a “fun” and “loving” woman who doted on her three grandchildren.

A police dog unit and CSI officers enter a property on Guildford Road, Wheatley. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D4614MB

A police dog unit and CSI officers enter a property on Guildford Road, Wheatley. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D4614MB

Her body was found in the boot of her purple Ford Fiesta parked just a few hundred yards from her home.

Raymond Billam, 63, of Guildford Road, Wheatley, has been charged with murdering Mrs Billam.

It is understood Mr and Mrs Billam were in the process of a divorce.

A 16-year-old boy, who also lives in Doncaster, stands accused of helping hide the dead woman.

Mrs Billam’s son Tony Billam said: “Me and my brother Lee are totally devastated after losing our mum Joy in the way we did.

“She meant the world to us and we will never be the same again.

“She was a loving and fun person to be with and a great nanna to her three grandchildren whom she adored.

“Our lives will never be the same again. We love and and miss her very much.”

Post mortem examination results revealed Mrs Billam, of Garden Street, Goldthorpe, died from strangulation.

Detectives launched the murder investigation following the gruesome discovery on Saturday. The car was found at around noon parked in Doncaster Road, Goldthorpe, near to the junction with the A635, following a tip-off.

A semi-detached home in Guildford Road was taped off by police on Monday afternoon as forensic officers with a sniffer dog analysed the property.

Shocked neighbours of Mrs Billam, who is believed to have moved to Goldthorpe with her new partner a few months ago, described her as “nice and polite”.

Tracy Green, 47, of Garden Street, added: “I’m anxious to know what happened. It’s made me feel unsafe - I’ve been stopping indoors with the doors locked.”

Billam, who entered the dock on crutches, was charged with his wife’s murder when he appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

He made another appearance at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday when his bail application was refused.

The teenager appeared at Barnsley Youth Court charged with the disposal of a body in connection with the alleged murder on Tuesday.

He was bailed to an address outside South Yorkshire until his committal to crown court on November 15.

A 32-year-old man, also arrested on suspicion of murder, was released without charge over the weekend.