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Savage murder Evil Alan Daulby who stabbed Irishwoman Avril Flanagan to death loses fight for prison release

Avril’s brother David, 35, vowed last night: "We will continue to fight to keep this thug behind bars"

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Avril Flanagan (inset) was stabbed more than 50 times by ex-boyfriend Alan Daulby

Avril Flanagan (inset) was stabbed more than 50 times by ex-boyfriend Alan Daulby

Avril Flanagan (inset) was stabbed more than 50 times by ex-boyfriend Alan Daulby

The British killer of a young Irishwoman has lost his fight to be released from prison early after a campaign by her family to keep him behind bars.

Alan Daulby, 36, was recalled to jail in December 2020 for breaching his parole conditions less than two months after being allowed back on the streets to the shock and disgust of Avril Flanagan’s loved ones.

He was freed just eight years after a Spanish court sentenced him to 19 years for the savage murder of his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend at his Costa Blanca flat.

Slain barmaid Avril’s parents and brothers have now received the “comforting” news Daulby will remain in a UK prison for at least the next two years after losing his challenge against the revoking of his parole licence.

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Avril Flanagan

Avril Flanagan

Avril Flanagan

 

Parole Board officials admitted an emotional victim statement from Avril’s mum Barbara had been “carefully considered” by the panel that decided he should stay in jail over her May 29 2009 murder.

Barbara, who divides her time between Spain and Swords, Co Dublin, had previously told officials involved in Daulby’s case in a heart-wrenching letter her “sweet and kind” daughter “would never have her babies or her wedding” because Daulby had taken everything away from her.

She also admitted to initially confusing Avril’s blood for a red duvet when she discovered her body at her Liverpool-born killer’s home after he stabbed her to death more than 50 times following her break-up with him, wrapped her in plastic and abandoned her under his sofa before going on the run.

Avril’s brother David, 35, vowed last night: “We will continue to fight to keep this thug behind bars.

“We want to make sure he serves every day of his 19-year prison sentence in jail even though the sentence he got was not long enough.”

As well as taking into account victim personal statements, the panel which decided Daulby should stay in prison at a hearing last month also concluded his misuse of alcohol and drugs and his willingness to use aggression and weapons made it more likely he would reoffend if paroled.

The reasons he was recalled to jail have never been officially revealed but are thought to relate to concerns about his behaviour and contact he had  made with a former partner.

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Daulby, transferred to a UK prison after serving part of his murder sentence in Spain, gave evidence at the hearing. The Parole Board panel also heard from two community-based probation officers.

Avril’s family has been told the next review is not due for another two years, increasing the possibility he will not be released until the end of his sentence  in July 2026. It is not known which prison Daulby is in.

Avril, who would have been 33 last Friday, worked as a barmaid at the pub her mum and bus engineer dad Gerry left Ireland in 2006 to open in Orihuela Costa near Alicante.

Daulby’s murder trial at a court in Elche near Alicante heard how he stalked his ex after she ended their year-long relationship and she broke her phone SIM card to stop taking calls from him.

The former car valeter confessed to killing her at the end of his trial after more than three years of silence, but falsely claimed he had confused her with an intruder after binging on drink and drugs and panicking when he woke up to find her dead.

Judges called his attack on Avril, said to have suffered seven minutes of agony from the first time she was stabbed to the moment she died, “brutal and barbaric.”

They said in their ruling Daulby had “taken pleasure in causing Avril additional suffering.”

The court heard he used a mop and bleach to wipe up Avril's blood after killing her with a kitchen knife, showered and changed clothes and tried to stuff her mutilated body into a suitcase before wrapping her in blankets and plastic sheeting for her family to find as they searched for her.

He was arrested hours later 125 miles away after a police chase.

Avril’s mum only found out in March 2019 Daulby had been transferred to a UK jail and learned recently the return she was kept in the dark about took place in November 2014.

Officials who released him from prison on October 28 2020 insisted at the time he had reached the legally-binding “automatic release point” in his sentence and pointed out it was impossible to increase a sentence given to a British national in a foreign court.

He was hauled back to jail on December 18 the same year for breaching his parole conditions.

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Avril's parents Gerry and Barbara Flanagan

Avril's parents Gerry and Barbara Flanagan

Avril's parents Gerry and Barbara Flanagan

 

The time he spent in jail before he began his July 2012 murder sentence automatically counted towards it, meaning he was freed on licence just over halfway through the 19 year-term but only around eight years after he was caged as a convicted criminal.

Although Daulby can appeal the latest Parole Board decision on his continued incarceration, he has been warned successful challenges are very rare.

A source close to the case said: “The panel was not satisfied Daulby didn’t have to be kept in prison for the public’s protection and was suitable for release.

“The next review is likely to be around two years away.”

Avril’s brother David said when Daulby’s brief taste of freedom was brought to an end just over a year ago: “I’m glad my sister’s murderer is back where he belongs. It’s the best Christmas present our family could have received.

“He’s unsafe and shouldn't be on the streets and we don’t want another family to be put through what we have endured.”

Barbara, now 63, said when she first discovered he was going to get early release on licence: “I can’t believe he’s going to be let out because I feel he definitely could do this to another family. He’s still a young man.

“Just because the law says he can’t be kept in prison doesn’t mean it’s right.”

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