Jurors heard this harrowing 999 call during trial of father accused of killing his daughter


A disturbing 999 call has been played in the trial of a father accused of battering his six-year-old daughter to death in a fit of rage.

Medics found Ellie Butler lying in a bedroom wearing pink pyjamas with Peppa Pig playing on the television and a child's chair upturned nearby. The back of her head had been smashed in leaving a "boggy mass".

Her parents Ben Butler and Jennie Gray, both 36, called 999 two hours after she was fatally hurt while home alone with her father and another child on the afternoon of October 28 2013, the jury at the Old Bailey has heard.

The prosecution has said a post-mortem examination ruled out an accidental fall and her death was put down to Butler either beating her over the head with a heavy object or throwing her against the floor or wall.

Butler, of Westover Close, Sutton, south-west London, denies Ellie's murder and along with Gray has pleaded not guilty to child cruelty over an earlier shoulder injury.