Freedom bid of double killer who struck again after being released early

A double killer who claimed his second victim after being released early from prison is set to make a fresh bid for freedom – to the fury of his latest victim's family.

Darren Pilkington, of Greater Manchester, has twice been jailed for manslaughter and twice sent back to prison for breaching the terms of his licence after being released for the second killing.

The 35-year-old was first jailed for four years in 2001 for killing Paul Akister in a fight outside a pub, but only served two.

He was locked up again in 2006 after his girlfriend Carly Fairhurst – who had been his pen pal while he was first in prison – died after he pushed her down stairs during a row.

He left her injured for hours before ringing 999.

Despite being sent back to prison twice for breaching his licence terms for killing the teenager, he has a parole hearing on September 23 – much to the fury of his victims' parents.

Trevor Fairhurst, Carly's heartbroken father, said: "I just don't know how many more chances he can be given.

"We have nothing new to say on our statement – the pain remains the same and so the previous one will be read out again.

"I just hope the parole board take heed. He's no reformed criminal."

Carly, 19, did not tell her parents about the times the brute attacked her during their relationship.

Tragically, she died of her injuries a few days after being pushed down the stairs.

He was handed an indeterminate sentence, which he was close to competing until he went missing from his low security cell for a night and sentenced to longer behind bars.

He was then released on licence, only to be locked up again for a drug-related infringement of his licence.


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