Search continues for convicted murderer who killed Wigan woman

Terence Ollerton
Terence Ollerton

A convicted killer wanted on recall to prison remains at large, police say.

Greater Manchester Police issued an appeal yesterday for help to find Terence Ollerton, who was jailed for life in 2000 for the brutal murder of 25-year-old Lynn Dowling.

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He was released after serving 18 years in prison, but police say he is now wanted on recall to prison.

A police statement said: “He was jailed in 2000 and served 18 years in prison for murder, but has since breached the terms of his licence by failing to reside at an approved address.

“Ollerton should not be approached by members of the public.”

The 50-year-old was last known to be living in Collyhurst.

Ollerton and girlfriend Julie Gallagher were convicted of the murder of Miss Dowling on what Judge Simon Fawcus described as overwhelming evidence.

Miss Dowling, of Ramsden Close, Worsley Mesnes, was beaten unconscious, before being dragged into an alleyway on Upper Dicconson Street, Swinley, where she was kicked and stamped on.

She was left with 57 injuries and was so badly disfigured she could only be identified by a tattoo and fingerprints.

The couple showed no emotion as the judge at Manchester Crown Court said: “It was a brutal, senseless and almost motiveless killing of a young woman whose only failing was that she was as drunk as you were that evening.”

Mr Clement Goldstone, QC, prosecuting, said she was killed because she wanted a relationship with Ollerton which was “resisted by him and resented by Gallagher.”

When found, Miss Dowling was rushed to hospital but died four hours later.

A trail of blood in the alleyway where she was found led to a flat on Upper Dicconson Street, where police discovered Ollerton and Gallagher cooking sausages, still wearing bloodstained clothes.

They had made a bungled attempt to cover a massive blood stain on the wall with a coat of paint, but the blood had still been wet at the time.

Anyone with information on Ollerton’s whereabouts is asked to call police on 0161 856 3550 or 07500 033220.

Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.