Both daughters had been put to bed and were sound asleep upstairs. May 25th was soon be over…and so would the life of their mother, a friendly and outgoing employee who worked at Inland Revenue. Gotip had helped take care of her mother and had also helped take care of two siblings who had health issues.
The fatal request by this young mother for a piece of garlic bread with her tea was made to her 18-year old unemployed boyfriend of seven months, James Ellis. A relationship that most of the members of Gotip’s family were unaware was going on in the woman's life.
According to BBC News
, Ellis felt the relationship was ending, and it was something he could not face. That night of May 25, Ellis was high on several valium tablets and cannabis joints. He said it felt as if Gotip was “moaning at him” that he had not made her any garlic bread, which caused him to snap...causing him to begin stabbing the young mother 34 times until she was dead.
Ellis told the police, "I love her that much I can't possibly imagine her with anyone else and I just thought f*** it." (News.stv)
The interim district procurator fiscal for Livingston, Graeme Jessop, reported the crime as being particularly disturbing because of the number of stab wounds in the young woman’s neck and face, with multiple injuries to her body…all done by a knife…while the young children slept.
Gotip had remained friends with Neil Henderson, the father of her two children, after they had separated. This was an issue for Ellis, and one that he did not wish her to continue. With he and Gotip splitting up several times, she had continuously remained friends with Henderson. Unfortunately, his answer was to stab her to death.
With many family members of Gotig wishing the death sentence was still available, Ellis faces a life sentence and is being held at the Polmont young offender's institution due to his age.