Hunt for double killer from Wigan as he escapes prison AGAIN
Hunt for double killer as he absconds from prison for a SECOND time as parents of his 19-year-old victim slam ‘cushy’ jail conditions
- Darren Pilkington, 39, jailed in 2006 for manslaughter of Carly Fairhurst, 19
- Pair had rowed at property in Wigan when Pilkington pushed her down the stairs
- He was described as a ‘serious risk to the public’ and jailed indefinitely in 2006
- Pilkington has now absconded from prison for a second time in the past year
A career criminal who killed his ex-girlfriend after pushing her down a set of stairs and waiting until the next morning to call an ambulance has absconded from prison for a second time.
Darren Pilkington, 39, was jailed in 2006 for causing the death of Carly Fairhurst, then 19
Darren Pilkington, 39, was jailed in 2006 for causing the death of Carly Fairhurst, then 19, after lashing out with his elbow during a late-night row at their Wigan home.
Pilkington was put behind bars for an indefinite period of time by a judge who warned he was a ‘serious risk to the public’, and his original sentence ended in 2016.
Since then, he has seesawed in and out of both high and low security prisons on multiple occasions for failing to abide by his release conditions, including one previous escape from prison.
He was jailed for a sixth time just a year ago when he went on the run from his bail hostel and was found in Wigan, where he is banned from visiting, reported WiganToday.
After fleeing from his Category D institution on Wednesday, the parents of his former lover have hit out at the justice system and the ‘cushy’ prison conditions the killer has enjoyed.
Trevor Fairhurst said: ‘Apparently he had applied to the governor to go on escorted day release and it would then be up to the governor as to whether he would be granted a temporary licence.
‘But then he did a runner before he got an answer.’
Carly (pictured) was pushed down a flight of stairs by Pilkington where he left her dying overnight before eventually calling for an ambulance. The teenager never regained consciousness and died six days later in hospital
Carly was pushed down a flight of stairs by a drunk Pilkington where he left her dying overnight before eventually calling for an ambulance. The teenager never regained consciousness and died six days later in hospital.
It later emerged he had pulled up a duvet next to her and fell asleep before calling medics the following morning and claimed to have just found her.
The pair first met when Carly wrote to Pilkington while he was in prison for beating a friend to death outside a pub in 2001.
Her mother, Sheila, told the Mirror he was a ‘danger to the public’ as news broke of his prospective release earlier this year.
She said: ‘He’s a danger to the public.
‘We’ve been told the only way he’ll never be released is if he kills a third person. How ridiculous is that?
‘Pilkington will always be a danger to women and everyone else.’
In November 2000, Pilkington and his elder brother Andrew killed 30-year-old Paul Akister outside a pub in Wigan, by punching him to the ground and kicking him repeatedly.
Darren Pilkington was convicted of the manslaughter of Mr Akister in October 2001 and sentenced to four years in a Young Offenders’ Institution.
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