Runaway murderer jailed for 22 years for killing girlfriend on day after release from prison (From This Is Lancashire)
Runaway murderer jailed for 22 years for killing girlfriend on day after release from prison
4:50pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A MAN who stabbed his girlfriend 20 times — the day after he was released from prison — has been jailed for 22 years.
Joseph Davies, aged 36, murdered Kelly Davies, the mother of his children, at her home in Queen Street, Farnworth, on the evening of June 2, Manchester Crown Court heard.
He then fled the country just hours later.
Davies was seen leaving Queen Street after 11pm on Saturday, June 2, and getting a taxi to Manchester Airport. He travelled with no luggage.
He left the airport within a few minutes and paid more than £400 for a taxi to London St Pancras Station, where he got on the Eurostar to Lille in France.
Davies was arrested on June 8 as he lay in a hospital bed in The Hague, Holland.
He had been hit by a train while he was drunk and had to have his lower right leg amputated.
Davies was found with Ms Davies' mobile phone while he was in hospital but the SIM card had been removed, the court heard.
The court heard Davies, of no fixed address, and Ms Davies had been in a "stormy" relationship, which had periods of separation when he was in custody.
Ms Davies had been told by authorities that she would not be able to take her care of her youngest child, then aged 18 months, if she continued her relationship with Davies.
Davies denied murder but the jury of seven men and five women disagreed, finding him guilty today. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison.