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Friday 15 December 2017

Jealous rage led to Avril's killing -- jury will hear

THE grieving father of Irish woman Avril Flanagan has said her murder has "destroyed" his family.

Gerry Flanagan was speaking ahead of the trial of the man accused of killing the 22-year-old bar worker, which was expected to begin today.

It's expected Avril's family will come face to face with her accused killer Alan Daulby for the first time since her brutal murder three years ago.

Avril's brother Ger and his wife Emeline -- Daulby's sister -- are also expected to attend the three-day hearing at a court in Elche near Alicante.

Daulby (26) from Liverpool, faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted of slaying Avril, from Swords, Dublin, in the popular Costa Blanca holiday resort of Cabo Roig.

He has been held on remand in prison since May 29, 2009.

Rage

The nine-man jury that will decide Daulby's fate will hear chilling claims he knifed her more than 50 times in a jealous rage shortly after Avril broke off their relationship.

Prosecutors will also tell them the Brit expat increased her suffering by torturing her with the blade before ending her life.

Avril (20) bled to death at his apartment.

Daulby was arrested in a town 100 miles north of the resort a few hours later after a police alert for his arrest.

Avril's mum Barbara, who split from husband Gerry and returned to Ireland, has flown back to Spain this weekend to attend the trial.

Family friend Greg Daly said: "They know some of the evidence they'll hear will be very hard to stomach but they want to be there for Avril.

"They've waited for what seems like an eternity for this day to come. These three years have taken a terrible toll on Avril's family. They want to see justice done and Avril's alleged killer jailed for as long as the law permits if he is found guilty."

Avril's dad, who runs a pub called Smiling Jacks in Cabo Roig, added: "All I want is a quick trial and justice so I can continue to try to get on with the rest of my life.

"I'm not looking for revenge, just justice.

"This has destroyed my family."

Avril moved to the Costa Blanca from Swords, Co Dublin in 2006 with her parents and one of her brothers.

State prosecutors want Daulby convicted of murder with the aggravant that he deliberately and inhumanely increased his victim's suffering.

They want him jailed for 20 years if convicted.

Private prosecutors acting for Avril's family -- who under Spanish law can launch a parallel prosecution to the state case -- are also expected to demand Daulby is sentenced to 20 years in jail.

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