- William Billingham is accused of murdering his eight-year-old daughter Mylee
- Mylee suffered 'defensive' wounds from a 'cutting edge', a pathologist said
- A lip injury suggests a hand was placed over her mouth, the court heard
- Billingham, 55, from Brownhills, West Midlands, denies murder
An eight-year-old girl struggled against her father as he placed a hand over her mouth and stabbed her to death, a court has heard.
Mylee Billingham, who died from a single stab wound to the chest, suffered 'defensive' wounds to her hands and an injury to her lip area suggesting a hand had been placed over her mouth, a jury was told.
Giving evidence to Birmingham Crown Court via video link, forensic pathologist Brett Lockyer said injuries found during a post-mortem examination included a 'superficial' linear incised wound on her right middle finger.
Asked to comment on the wound and another injury to Mylee's left hand, Dr Lockyer said: 'This type of injury could be caused by sharp force with a weapon with a cutting edge, such as a knife or glass.
'It's in an area that can be regarded as defensive. I would regard this as being suggestive of a defensive-type mechanism.'
William Billingham, a 55-year-old father-of-six, of Valley View, Brownhills, near Walsall, denies murdering Mylee and making a threat to kill her mother, Tracey Taundry, as she arrived to take her daughter home on the night of January 20.
The trial has heard claims Billingham was struggling to cope with Ms Taundry's decision to start a new relationship.
Billingham allegedly murdered Mylee after Ms Taundry came to collect her from his bungalow as the child had complained that she was feeling unwell.
The court heard Billingham pulled out a kitchen knife and held it to the throat of Ms Taundry on his doorstep before telling her 'I'm going to f***ing kill you'.
He dragged Mylee into his bungalow by the hood of her coat as she called out for her mum and cried 'please Daddy, no Daddy, stop it', jurors were told.
Billingham then 'violently' thrust the blade into Mylee's chest in a 'swift, deliberate and brutal' manner, the court heard.
He did not attend the fourth day of his trial because of illness.
Explaining the defendant's absence from the dock to jurors, Judge Paul Farrer QC said: 'Overnight he has been unwell and I am quite satisfied he is not well enough at the moment to be in court.
'Clearly it's not Mr Billingham's fault that he is not here and it's not something that you should hold against him in any way.'