THE family of tragic Avril Flanagan have said her killer's apology to them means nothing.
Speaking shortly after Alan Daulby dramatically confessed to the court that he stabbed Avril (20) nearly 50 times, Avril's father Ger described it as "hollow words".
Daulby (27), from Liverpool, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering Avril, had remained quiet about Avril's death since her body was found in his Spanish apartment on May 29, 2009.
Yesterday, he confessed that he killed Avril and said he was "sorry for this ever getting so far".
Speaking outside court, in Elche, Spain, Ger Flanagan said: "They're hollow words. He's taken this to the wire and put his family and ours through the trauma of testifying.
"As far as I'm concerned he's only confessing now because of all the evidence against him which he's heard in court over the past three days."
Daulby's defence has told the court that their client was under the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol at the time of her stabbing, and thought he was attacking an intruder.
But he sensationally put his hands up to the brutal killing on May 29, 2009, after hearing a string of witnesses including his own dad and sister, give evidence against him.
Seconds later he used a last address to the court to say sorry to the Irish bar worker's parents and two brothers.
"I just want to express how sorry I am to the family," he said. "I will never know how this happened."
Avril's former Dublin Bus engineer dad Gerry and older brother Ger (28) remained impassive at the back of the court as he spoke. Jury members were told they could start deliberating this morning.
A forensics expert told the court earlier in the week Avril, originally from Swords, Co Dublin, had been stabbed 47 times.
The trial continues.