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Who was Billie-Jo Jenkins?

Billie-Jo Margaret Jenkins (29 March 1983 – 15 February 1997) was an English girl who was murdered in Hastings, East Sussex in February 1997. The case gained widespread media attention and remains unsolved.

Her foster father, Siôn Jenkins, was originally convicted for the crime, but after two retrials in which the jury was unable to reach a verdict he was formally acquitted. He has been denied compensation on the grounds that there is no evidence to prove his innocence. 

He holds the rare distinction of having been acquitted despite never having been found not guilty by a jury. A second charge, relating to lies he had conceived about his qualifications in order to get his job as a deputy headteacher, was left to lie on file. Since his acquittal for murder, Sussex Police have maintained that there are no plans to re-open the murder investigation.

What happened to Billie-Jo Jenkins?

On that fateful afternoon on February 15 1997, 13-year-old foster child Billie-Jo was painting the patio doors at the back of the house when she was struck at least five times on the head in a shocking attack.

She was reportedly alone at the time, with the rest of her family out of the property.

When foster dad Siôn returned to the house following a trip to a DIY store with his two oldest daughters, he found Billie-Jo dying, in a pool of blood.

Police initially asked Siôn to make a public appeal for any information, but shortly after he became the main suspect.

He was arrested nine days later on suspicion of murder, and was charged with murder on March 14, 1997.

Siôn – father to Annie, 12 at the time of the murder, Lottie, 10, Esther, nine and Maya, seven – has always maintained his innocence and claims a prowler could have been responsible for the murder.

During the investigation, police discovered 148 tiny spots of Billie-Jo’s blood on Siôn’s trousers and fleece jacket.

The prosecution argued that their size and distribution were consistent with “impact spatter”, sprayed during the frenzied attack on Billie-Jo.

But the defence argued that a fine spray of blood was breathed out by Billie-Jo on her foster dad when he went to her aid as she lay dying.

Siôn spent six years in jail following his sentence.

In the two retrials following, the jury was unable to reach a verdict, and Siôn was formally acquitted in 2006.

Sussex Police have since maintained that there are no plans to re-open the murder investigation.

In January 2022, the BBC reported that Sussex Police were doing a forensic review of material linked to the case.

In a statement, the force said each unsolved murder is “assessed two-yearly to examine any new information that may have become available”.

It said: “Currently, no new information has been provided in this case and it is not being re-investigated.”

It added: “We are currently carrying out a forensic review of material held on the case in order to establish whether or not scientific advances can provide new evidence or lines of enquiry.”

It was reported that the police were continuing to appeal for information that could help the enquiry.

Billie-Jo Jenkins Biography, Wiki

Billie-Jo Margaret Jenkins was a schoolgirl who was beaten to death at her home in Hastings, East Sussex, in February 1997.

She was born on March 29, 1983, in East London.

When she was nine years old, her biological father was imprisoned, and she was placed in foster care with Siôn and Lois Jenkins coincidentally had the same last name and four daughters of their own.

Billie-Jo spent five years with the family in their home in Hastings, on the East Sussex coast, and was described as “fun-loving”, with dreams of becoming an actor.

On February 15, 1997, 13-year-old Billie-Jo was found in the back garden of the family home, bludgeoned to death with an iron tent peg.

Billie-Jo Jenkins Biography Wikipedia
Billie-Jo Jenkins
Born29 March 1983
East London, England
Died15 February 1997 (13)
Hastings, East Sussex, England
Cause of deathMurder by beating

Who murdered Billie-Jo Jenkins?

Siôn Jenkins is Billie Jo Jenkins’ foster father. He was actually convicted for the crime. Sion was denied compensation on the grounds that there was no evidence to prove his innocence. Following his acquittal, Sion’s former wife Lois alleged he was violent to her and their 4 daughters.

After Sion’s final acquittal for the murder, he enrolled in a criminology course at the University of Portsmouth. He applied for £500,000 worth of compensation in 2008 for his imprisonment. His application got rejected, and he said he would not appeal. The Ministry of Justice gave reason for the refusal that there was no proof that conclusively proved his innocence.

Where is Sion Jenkins now?

The 63-year-old Siôn remarried in 2005 to former Miss Southsea beauty queen Christina Ferneyhough. She wrote to him when he was in prison.

The two managed to stay out of the press for a long time. After Sion was released from prison, he moved to Lymington, Hampshire, with Christina Ferneyhough. Sion Jenkins now lives in Southsea, Hampshire, with her wife. He has a 29 years old son named Oscar with Christina.

They live in a £550,000 home in Southsea, Hampshire. His wife was a nurse at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in nearby Cosham. Now, it is unclear what Sion is doing. Here is an interview video of Sion Jenkins.

Billie-Jo Jenkins FAQ’s

Who was Billie-Jo Jenkins?

Billie-Jo Margaret Jenkins (29 March 1983 – 15 February 1997) was an English girl who was murdered in Hastings, East Sussex in February 1997. The case gained widespread media attention and remains unsolved.

How old was Billie-Jo Jenkins?

Billie-Jo Jenkins died at 13.

How did Billie die?

On that fateful afternoon on February 15 1997, 13-year-old foster child Billie-Jo was painting the patio doors at the back of the house when she was struck at least five times on the head in a shocking attack.

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