Family's heartbreak after tragic mother's murder
WHAT started as a harmless relationship between teenagers resulted in a mother-of-three being fatally stabbed by her jealous lover.
Troubled Kelly Davies — despite having a supportive family — got in with the "wrong crowd" as a child and became dependant on drugs.
Killer Joseph Davies, known to friends as Joey, met Ms Davies a week after his mother died when he was aged 19.
She was a young and impressionable teenager aged just 14.
The pair had a good relationship at first, but they both got into using drugs.
It led them into a life of crime and desperation. Ms Davies was twice convicted in 2009 after being caught soliciting for prostitution.
Due to the couple’s chaotic lifestyles, Ms Davies was unable to care for their two young daughters and a third child, an 18 month old son, was taken from her at birth by the authorities.
Keen to break the cycle and desperate to not lose custody of her son, Ms Davies spent a period of time clean from drugs and passed drug tests.
She also tried to break free from the volatile relationship and around the time of their son’s birth in 2011 she told her partner of more than 15 years that she did not want anything to do with him as she was trying to get clean from drugs.
Ms Davies had been told by social services that he was such a bad influence that she would not be able to get custody of her baby with Davies in her life.
She was heartbroken to have her son taken from her following his birth.
But Ms Davies was drawn back in to old habits and Davies himself told the jury that when he was released from prison in June last year Ms Davies, aged 31, had noticeably been using drugs as she no longer looked well and had lost weight again.
Her family said she could “give as good as she got” with Davies in the troubled relationship.
But Davies was unable to control his jealously and was said to have flown into a rage and stabbed his lover to death whilst their young daughter was in her flat in Queen Street, Farnworth.
He believed Ms Davies had been seeing other men whilst he was serving a jail term for a violence related offence. The prosecution alleged he committed his final fatal final attack after seeing text messages she had sent to another man, asking him to come over.
Davies then fled to Holland, where he was arrested in hospital after he had his foot amputated because he had been hit by a train while drunk.
The jury was told that the pair had a violent relationship with numerous police call-outs, although Davies said he never used a weapon .
Ms Davies suffered bust noses, torture by allegedly being forced into a cold bath and had her hair cut off by Davies, who had been convicted of a string of offences.
In a police statement she told officers how she felt scared of Davies and how she wanted him to stop the abuse.
But she letter retracted the statement.
On the fateful evening of Saturday, June 2, last year, the couple bought food from Allen’s Fried Chicken in Farnworth and returned to Ms Davies’ flat in Queen Street.
Their youngest daughter, who was allowed limited contact with her mother, was staying for longer than usual as she had a party to attend.
Unknown to the girl’s guardian, Davies had been released from prison and was also spending time with the child.
The troubled mother suffered 22 stab wounds to her neck, including one that cut her jugular vein in two. She is thought to have died within minutes.
Despite leaving Ms Davies, the woman he had been in a relationship with for the majority of his life, with horrific and fatal injuries Davies appeared to show a lack of remorse.
When grilled by prosecutor Peter Wright QC about how he murdered his lover, he showed little emotion and said he had to push away upset to “fight for his life” to challenge the accusations.
During the 10 day trial he often looked uninterested and lacked any emotion when hearing the grotesque injuries read out to the court.
In a letter penned after he was charged with murder he said it was “just his luck” to be accused of murder when trying to start a new life. The prosecution say his letter echoed how Davies was a self-centred man.
Davies spoke of the grief he felt when his mother died as a teenager, saying he was unable to talk about it for a long time.
But following his mother’s death he appeared to become a loner with little contact with his father and half brother and sister.
His father, Graham Davies, told the court through a statement that he had little to do with his son and had ignored a letter he sent whilst in prison asking if he would travel to Thailand with him.
Davies claimed having nobody in his life was one of the reasons he was keen to travel after being released from custody.
He told the court he had little to do with his children because of the involvement from social services and spoke of an unhappy relationship with Ms Davies’ late mother.
As a child, Ms Davies was popular with many friends.
She was said to have had many difficulties in her life, including the deaths of her mother and father.
Ms Davies, was estranged from her sister, Toni Morton, due to her chaotic lifestyle, but the sisters were still loved each other.
Mrs Morton saw her sister regularly and said Ms Davies was always up for a laugh and was the class joker.
She occasionally went to Claremont Ladies Rounders Team matches with Mrs Morton, who plays for the team.
Members of the rounders team rallied around to raise funds to cover the costs of the former Sharples High School pupil’s funeral and for her children.