Friday 24 November 2017

Jilted lover of Avril Flanagan faces 20 years for stabbing her to death

Gerard Couzens in Elche, Spain

THE jilted lover of a young Irishwoman is facing 20 years in prison after yesterday being convicted of her vicious murder in Spain.

Alan Daulby was found guilty of stabbing Avril Flanagan to death 47 times at his flat on the Costa Blanca after she had begged him to stop stalking her.

Speaking after the verdict, the victim's father Gerry said last night: "It's a relief that it's all been proven because up to yesterday Daulby hadn't said anything.

"We'd like to thank our legal team for the excellent job they've done.

"We just hope now he gets the full 20 years. Avril was a human being and my only daughter."

Avril, from Swords, Co Dublin, was due to fly back to Ireland with her mother Barbara to celebrate her 21st birthday when she was killed on May 29, 2009.

Daulby had stabbed her with a kitchen knife in the head, neck, chest, arms and legs in a brutal attack that lasted seven minutes.

Avril's body was found under a sofa after he spent more than three hours clinically cleaning up the murder scene before going on the run.

Daulby (26) from Liverpool, hung his head and wept as the verdict was read out after a three-day trial.

Judge Gracia Serrano reserved sentencing to a later date -- but Daulby was warned he could expect to get between 17 and a half and 20 years -- the maximum under Spanish law.

Shortly before armed police led him away he made his second court apology in two days to Avril's family.

Daulby dramatically confessed to killing Avril on Wednesday but claimed he mistook her for an intruder.

"I just want to say I'm very sorry to the family for everything's that happened," he said yesterday.

Avril's father and older brother Ger (28) sat at the back of court with one of their lawyers.

Her mother Barbara was too upset to attend yesterday's verdict.

Closure

Family friend Greg Daly, who attended every day of the trial, said: "I think the whole community is going to be relieved this nightmare has come to an end.

"At least now we can try and get some closure.

"Nothing can turn back time and bring Avril back to the arms of her family but we hope Daulby gets hit with the maximum sentence. His apologies have been hollow and empty. He's shown no sincerity and not a trace of remorse."

Avril, who moved to Spain with her family in 2006, went missing after going to Daulby's flat in Cabo Roig near Alicante to pick up belongings and beg him to leave her alone.

Daulby is expected to be sentenced within 14 days.

Irish Independent

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