Sion Jenkins’ ex-wife revealed the truth about his rage today – and finally tells the story of how she was prevented from presenting to a jury in the Billie-Joe Jenkins murder trial.
Lois Jenkins, 43, said her husband was a liar with a terribly controlling desire to beat her and their children regularly. When Sion is tried for the murder of his stepdaughter Billie-Jo, Mrs Jenkins is not allowed to reveal the truth about their family life.
He was controversially freed last week after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the Old Bailey retrial case. Today, however, the Mail on Sunday exclusively published a fascinating and moving account of the case Mrs Jenkins wrote.
The 7,000-word memoir will continue next week, revealing:
At her home in Tasmania, where she is building a new life with a new partner, a baby and her biological daughter, Lewis said last night: “Our lives changed forever the day Billie died. I think Saying it’s over. Right now, but it doesn’t feel like that. The court case may be over, but the uncertainty remains for us.
“After nine years of trials and retrials. It’s been a nightmare. I don’t think I’ve had another pending jury. It’s too much to absorb.”
On February 15, 1997, Billie-Jo was killed by a tent nail while painting the backyard door of her home in Hastings. Jenkins claimed he found her dying.
The following year, Lewis Crown Court convicted him of murder. The 48-year-old former vice-chancellor won a retrial in 2004, but a jury also failed to reach a verdict.
Last week’s retrial was deadlocked after evidence, including Lois’ accusation that he had been violent to her and her children, and the testimony of his daughter Anne that he had punched her in the stomach was ruled unacceptable
Details of his alleged sexual encounter with a 17-year-old Billie-Jo were also withheld. Recalling the day Billie-Jo was murdered, Lois said: “Sion seemed unusually cold and distant. His eyes were as pale as slate, with slender pupils. He tried to hug me, but it was cold and felt nothing. . in a funny way as if he wasn’t there.
“He offered no consolation. I was disappointed and a little embarrassed. I wondered if our friends noticed his aloofness. I distinctly remember the look in his eyes when he told the kids ‘Billy was dead’. There was no trace of it. emotion.”
Four days after the murder, Lois began to suspect her husband might be responsible. “I woke up in the middle of the night and he rolled over in bed and I suddenly realised it could be him. I lay there in fear, thinking it must be him – if not him, at least it could always be him.”
From the first few years of their marriage, Lois revealed that Sion was a liar, displaying a terribly controlling and short temper.