Media release on behalf of Roseanne McPhee, 39, wife of murdered traveler Billy McPhee, whose killer was sentenced to life at Edinburgh High Court today with a recommendation that he serve a minimum of 22 years:
“I knew Billy, who was 43 when he died, since we played as children on a travellers' site in Aberdeenshire, where our fathers were friends. Billy was one of six children, as was I. We met again in 2003 and married three years ago, setting up home in Edinburgh. Two days after our wedding I was diagnosed with cancer. Billy became my carer and support, from that day. As a true travelling man, Billy could turn his hand to almost anything.
“On the day that Billy was stabbed he was visiting a friend's house near our home in Craigmillar, Edinburgh. I was devastated when the police came to my door the following day to tell me that Billy had been stabbed and was dead.
“I intend to take Billy's ashes back to Aberdeenshire where we first met all those years ago. We were both proud of being from travelling families and had great traditions and memories dating back to when we first met in the north east of Scotland. He will live on in my heart. “