A DEVASTATED lad penned a heartbreaking letter to his mum after she was murdered then stuffed in a suitcase and set alight.
Reece Dunne, eight, wrote the emotional letter in memory of Ellia Arathoon, 29, who was found close to the M53 last year.
She was bludgeoned by Craig Procter, who shoved her body in a suitcase before burning it in the woods.
The depraved killer, 40, has now been jailed for life for the brutal murder.
Reece's heartwrenching note reads: "To mummy, I love you a million times around the world.
"I wish you didn't die.
"I remember playing with you and that made me happy.
"I know you are an angel now and you can see me all the time.
"I feel sad but I'm going to be brave, love Reece."
Mum-of-one Ellia had been missing since October 28 when her body discovered on the motorway in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
Procter had tried blaming his lodger for her murder before telling cops she had been attacked by a mystery man with tattoos.
But he was snared by chilling CCTV footage showing him taking her body to the woods.
The fiend, who pleaded guilty to murdering Ellia at the eleventh hour, was later seen wheeling the mum through the streets to a crude makeshift grave covered by carpet.
The 40-year-old later visited his ex-partner Catherine Powell and told her: "We've killed her, just one hit. I hit her with the glass."
A post-mortem examination found she had bruising to her face, but was not able to determine her cause of death or whether she was still alive when placed in the suitcase.
Evidence showed Procter had had sex with her before her death, which he claimed she agreed to, but the prosecution believed was "non-consensual".
Sentencing him, Judge Clement Goldstone QC said Procter had "intentionally, deliberately and brutally killed" Ellia and "created a situation which prevented her family from identifying her [which] made their grieving process that much more difficult and hard to bear".
In a statement, her mum Elaina Hampson said she was a "beautiful, vivacious, strong-willed, friendly, funny and loving person" who would "light up the room with her smile".
She added: "We have no idea who the defendant is. The only way we know him is that he murdered our daughter.
"He has changed so many lives in so many ways, that I doubt he could ever possibly understand. He has taken a mother away from a nine-year-old child who will never see her again.
"Her son will always wonder why and how. He wants to come to court so he can throw tomatoes at the person responsible. He wants to know what the defendant looks like. He wants to see him. He's also asked if we can take him to the house where his mummy died.
"No child should have to ask those questions. The defendant has scarred that child in a way he could never ever understand."
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