THEY may not have been blood relatives, but Daisy Lyons was always close to her stepmum and considered Andraya her best friend.
The admin assistant, 22, from Swindon, was devastated when the 39-year-old was murdered by her boyfriend in December 2016 – just hours after dumping him.
Evil Anthony Porter, now 34, broke into Andraya's home, beat her with an iron and poured paint down her throat before setting her on fire.
Daisy, who had known Andraya since she was four, is now speaking out to encourage other women to leave their abusive relationships before it's too late.
Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Digital, she said: "Even though she was my stepmum, I looked up to her. We did everything together, from shopping to cooking. We were joined at the hip.
"Andraya was like my best friend. As a teen, I confided in her about boy troubles. When she split with my dad, in April 2015, I moved in with her."
Five months later Andraya, who's mum to Daisy's two half-brothers, met her killer Porter at a neighbour's party.
Daisy said: "She was so excited for their first date. But when I met him, I had a bad feeling about him. He was really friendly, a bit too nice.
"Then one evening, after he’d been drinking, he lost his temper at Andraya – telling her she was letting herself go because he could see her grey hairs."
Soon, he was snapping at Andraya over the smallest things, like not cleaning the dishes, and started to isolate her from her friends.
Daisy said: "I hated her being treated that way, so I warned her off Anthony. But she insisted she loved him.
"I avoided him as much as possible, refusing to be alone with him. When I was 18, I moved out and got a place of my own."
Hearing how Andraya died made me feel physically sick
In December 2016, Daisy was invited over to Andraya's for dinner.
Little did she know, her beloved stepmum would be brutally murdered the very next day.
She said: "Andraya was excited for her work Christmas party the following night."
Two days later, the morning after the staff party, Daisy woke to dozens of missed calls and texts from friends and family members.
She said: "I called Andraya’s friend Jenny*, who told me there’d been an accident.
"She picked me up and took me to Andraya’s, where police and fire engines swarmed the front garden.
"There was a streak of black up the front of the house so I knew there’d been a fire.
"I rushed to a police officer and asked where Andraya was, but he told me that she was dead.
"I couldn’t believe it. I was devastated. Police told me Anthony had handed himself in."
Daisy later learned Porter had joined Andraya at her Christmas party. But he got drunk and shoved Andraya, so she broke up with him.
Her work friends begged Andraya to stay with them, but she refused so they called her a taxi home.
Later that night, Porter broke in and attacked Andraya – punching, kicking and stamping on her. He even beat her with an iron.
In a final act of menace, Porter poured paint down Andraya's throat and set her on fire – before running away.
Smelling smoke, neighbours called the police and the emergency services discovered Andraya.
A post-mortem found she had 45 separate injuries from the brutal attack.
Daisy said: "Hearing how Andraya died made me feel physically sick.
"She was a gorgeous woman inside and out. Now I’m focusing on my little brothers who are lost without their mum."
Where can you get help?
You don't have to suffer in silence.
If you are experiencing domestic violence or someone you know is there are groups that can help.
Refuge runs a free, 24-hour helpline on 0808 2000 247
You can also visit the website or contact Women’s Aid.
In May 2017, Porter was jailed for a minimum of 17-and-a-half years at Bristol Crown Court, after pleading guilty to murder.
In court, his defence barrister read a letter Porter had written.
It said: "Even when I get released I’m going to go to sleep thinking about what I have done.
"The guilt that I have taken the boys’ mother from them, it eats me up every time I think about them."
Daisy hopes lessons can be learned from her mum's cruel death.
She said: "If you’re in a violent, controlling relationship, please leave.
"It was too late for Andraya, but hopefully people will hear her story and pluck up the courage to get out, before it’s too late."
Yesterday, we spoke to a woman whose boyfriend beat her unconscious and shot her in the head – because she refused to abort their baby.
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