In a statement Milly’s father Bob, mother Sally and sister Gemma reveal that they have known for nearly nine months that Bellfield had asked to speak to police about the crime.
That meeting was to provide what the family call “a harrowing account of Milly’s final 14 hours”.
Bellfield admitted that after abducting Milly and assaulting her at his own flat near Walton Station, he drove her to his mother’s house and raped her, before taking her to another location where, according to the family’s statement, “the rape and torture continued for a number of hours, until the next day when he strangled her to death”.
Bellfield’s claim that he had had an accomplice was described by the family as “devastating”. It obliged the family to remain silent about what they had been told for eight months while a new police investigation was undertaken into this claim. However the suspected accomplice was released without charge eight hours after he was arrested as there was no evidence found against him.
The family say: “The pressure this has put us under as a family has been unimaginable and has taken its toll on all of us.”
However, the family thanks the public for its support, adding: “Now we know the final hours of Milly’s life, perhaps her soul, at long last, can finally rest in peace.”