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Friday, July 3, 1998 Published at 22:32 GMT 23:32 UK


Billie-Jo mother considers suing

Sion Jenkins: Newham Council said it carried out all checks

The natural mother of Billie-Jo Jenkins is reported to be considering legal action against the London council which placed her daughter in the care of the man who killed her.

Sion Jenkins began a life sentence on Friday after being convicted of murdering his 13-year-old foster daughter with a tent peg at the family home in Hastings, East Sussex, in 1996.

As he was jailed at Lewes Crown Court, the public gallery erupted into fury as the teenager's natural family hurled abuse at Jenkins.

Debbie Jenkins, no relation to Sion, said she was considering her own legal action following Sion's conviction.

Newham Council took Billie-Jo into care when she was six-years-old.

But it denied that it failed to make proper checks before putting her into foster care.

Jenkins invented qualifications

[ image: Billie-Jo: In care from age of six]
Billie-Jo: In care from age of six
After the trial it was revealed that Jenkins, a deputy headmaster, had lied on his CV and invented qualifications, including a degree.

The fraudulent CV came to light after the trial judge lifted an order banning the publication of the information which included the fact that he did not hold a teaching certificate - despite his post at a 1,000 pupil school in Hastings.

After Jenkins was jailed for life, his wife, Lois, issued a statement.

She said: "It is a terrible thing to realise that the man with whom you have lived for 14 years, the father of your children, is capable of murdering your child.

"There is no reason, no explanation for such a pointless waste of a young life."

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