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Double murderer back in prison just weeks after his release

A double murderer is back in prison just weeks after his release.

Darren Pilkington, 41, has spent much of the past two decades behind bars. He was jailed for manslaughter in 2006 after pushing his girlfriend Carly Fairhurst, 19, down the stairs during a late-night argument at a house in Higher Ince, Wigan.

Pilkington left her lying there with life-threatening injuries for 12 hours before calling an ambulance. Carly never regained consciousness and died the following week.

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The 2006 offence was Pilkington's second conviction for manslaughter. He was jailed in 2001 at the age of 15 for beating 30-year-old Paul Akister to death outside a pub in Hindley.

According to MEN, Pilkington was released from prison earlier this year after spending 18 years in maximum security prisons for failing to comply with strict release conditions.

When he was allowed to remain in an open prison in 2022, he escaped and was on the run for three days. Despite the number of offenses, the parole board recommended earlier this year that he be allowed to leave prison and live in a parole home, where he would be monitored with an electronic ankle bracelet and subject to a curfew.