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Lancashire mum claims son’s murderer is ‘faking illness’ after only spending two hours in prison

Written by on December 3, 2021

A Lancashire mum whose son was brutally murdered by a man he met on Grindr said she is still fighting for justice after he only spent two hours in jail.

Beverley Davies, the mum to Alex Davies who was killed by Brian Healless in 2019 at Parbold Hill near Ormskirk, is demanding a change to the justice system following transfer to a psychiatric hospital just two hours into his sentence.

The mum featured on an MTV UK programme this week which explored the horrific murder of 18-year-old Alex Davies who was knifed by twisted killer Healless, from Chorley.

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After chatting to Brian Healless, now 20, on the dating app, popular sales assistant Alex decided to meet up with his evil killer, who lured him to a rural beauty spot before stabbing him to death.

During the murder trial it was heard how twisted Healless attempted to set up similar outdoor meetings with four other males on Grindr in the days after the killing in April 2019.

Alex Davies was stabbed 128 times in woods at Parbold Hill near Ormskirk
Alex Davies was stabbed 128 times in woods at Parbold Hill near Ormskirk

Preston Crown Court heard that Healless was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia when he killed Alex, from Skelmersdale, in woods at Parbold Hill near Ormskirk.

A jury later rejected his partial defence that his responsibility for the killing was diminished by his mental state.

Alex’s mother, Beverley Davies, told MTV correspondent Linda Adey she believes Healless has been feigning illness and that his actions were “too calculated”, the ECHO reports.

Beverley said: “He should be in jail, and he should never, ever be let out.”

Brian Healless, from Chorley, who murdered 18-year-old Alex Davies

The judge who sentenced him in March last year, to life with a minimum term of 24 years, said it was “extremely fortuitous” Healless was arrested before anyone else suffered the same fate as the “gentle, kind-hearted” sales assistant from Skelmersdale.

Healless was treated at Guild Lodge Hospital in Preston before conviction and was returned there on the day of his sentencing, following a request from the doctor overseeing his care – who also gave evidence for the defence at the trial.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman previously told PA news agency: “Prisoners may be transferred for treatment in mental health hospitals, based on assessments by expert clinicians, but will return to serve their sentence in prison once they are fit to do so.”

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