My teenage daughter died in my arms – now her killer could be released after moving to open prison

A MUM has told of her pain after her teenage daughter's killer was moved to an open prison – and could soon be released.

Carly Fairhurst, 19, died in her mum Sheila's arms after her evil boyfriend Darren Pilkington, 39, subjected her to a series of horrific beatings.


In 2006, Pilkington – dubbed a "danger to society" – pushed teenage Carly down a flight of stairs and left her dying overnight before calling for an ambulance.

Carly died in hospital six days later.

Her sick killer was jailed for manslaughter in 2006 and officials have now approved a move to an open prison ahead of his eventual release, the Sunday People reports.

Mum Sheila, 65, 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.

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"Every moment that he lives and breathes means we are serving a life sentence."

Pilkington's move to an open prison has been approved but not announced.

It marks his second stint locked up, after he was first jailed aged only 15 for killing Paul Akister, 30, in a Wigan pub brawl.

Carly began writing to Pilkington during his four year jail term for the crime – before moving in with him when he was released.

The beatings began shortly after, with terrified Carly keeping the extent of her injuries a secret.

During a fight in 2006, drunk Pilkington pushed Carly down the stairs – before covering the two of them in a duvet and falling asleep.

He didn't call for an ambulance until the morning.

Carly died with brain damage from her injuries days later.

Pilkington – who was handed an indefinite sentence for manslaughter – was moved to an open prison before, but he went on the run for five days.

He has also been recalled to jail for a having a secret girlfriend.

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – messageinfo@supportline.org.uk.

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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