By Nicole Hallett
A BRITISH man faces 20 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend in Orihuela.
Alan Mathew Daulby allegedly stabbed the Irish woman 53 times, killing her.
The prosecutor has also asked for €80,000 and €35,000 compensation for the victim’s parents and brother respectively.
The incident took place May 2009 in an apartahotel in urbanizacion Aguamarina in Orihuela.
Twenty-four-year-old Avril Louise Flanagan had gone to the property where her ex-partner lived to ask him to stop pursuing and bothering her, which he had allegedly done since she broke-up with him, according to the public prosecution office.
Alan Mathew Daulby, now 27, allegedly stabbed her 53 times with a knife in the head, neck, torso, arms and leg.
“Only eight of the stab wounds penetrated and affected vital organs.
The other stab wounds, which were done before she died, were deliberate to increase her suffering,” said the prosecutor, as reported in Spanish newspaper #I#La Verdad#I#.
There is also evidence that he may have tried to strangle her as well.
The prosecutor said that in the days leading up to the murder, Daulby called Flanagan persistently, sometimes up to four times in an hour and would show up in places she frequented to see who she was with, causing her distress, according to the prosecutor.
Daulby claims he cannot remember if he followed her and denied that they had broken up, saying they were on a break, reported #I#Las Provincias#I#.
He added that he had spent one of his happiest moments with her on May 19, 2009, when they celebrated their one-year anniversary.
A few days before Flanagan’s death, he went to the bar her parents ran to find her.
He said they threatened him and said he should leave the country.
This prompted him to drink alcohol and take drugs, like LDS, which he tried for the first time the night before Flanagan’s death.
The last thing he remembers is taking the drugs at a friend’s house and then waking up next to the victim’s body.
“I didn’t think it could be Avril, maybe a burglar,” said Daulby.
“I panicked and wanted to get out of there.”
He cleaned up the blood, wrapped up and hid the body before taking items that could implicate him to burn.
He was detained in Oliva, after more than three hours driving.
His lawyer has asked he be absolved due to the drugs and alcohol putting him a paranoid state and that he was not conscious of reality at the time of the incident.
He added that the couple had broken off on various occasions and he had never threatened her.