A TEENAGER who helped move a murdered woman’s body walked free from court after the judge was told he was forced to do it.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was at home in his flat when he received a telephone call from Raymond Billam who told him to come over, saying: “I’ve done something stupid.”
When he arrived, the court was told, the boy was confronted with the ‘ghastly’ sight of the body of Billam’s wife Joy.
Billam, 63, then ordered the teenager to help carry the body into the boot of Joy’s car, but the youngster refused.
Billam dragged the body across the room and then the front lawn before bundling it into the boot of Joy’s purple Ford Fiesta.
He then ordered the teenager to follow him in his car which he drove a short distance to Doncaster Road, Goldthorpe, in an attempt to frame Joy’s new boyfriend Michael Woodland.
Billam then told the boy: “If the cops ask you anything, just act dumb.”
But Sheffield Crown Court heard that when the police arrested the teenager on suspicion of murder he confessed his part in the crime.
The court heard Billam, of Guildford Road, Wheatley, Doncaster, was convicted of murder on the teenager’s evidence.
The youth admitted assisting an offender.
Sentencing him to an 18-month rehabilitation order, Mr Justice Openshaw said: “The defendant is but one of the many victims of this.
“His plight is deserving of sympathy not punishment and condemnation.”