THE story of a teenager who was killed by her boyfriend 13 years ago has been screened on national television this afternoon, Thursday.

Carly Fairhurst, from Hindley, died in 2006 at the age of 19 when Darren Pilkington pushed her down a flight of stairs.

Pilkington was convicted of manslaughter after leaving Carly to suffer all night with her injuries which she never recovered from.

Carly's case featured on Judge Rinder's Crime Stories on ITV1 at 2pm and covered how she became a pen pal of Pilkington at the age of 15 when he was in jail after killing his friend Paul Akister in 2000.

The programme discussed how their relationship developed when he was released from prison and how Carly covered up incidents of being repeatedly assaulted by Pilkington from her parents.

The episode showed that while Carly was in hospital after being pushed down the stairs by Pilkington police arrested him in connection with a burglary and was also questioned about Carly's death.

After a court case followed he was given an indeterminate sentence and served 10 years in jail before he was released on parole in November 2016 with a number of conditions which he breached the following year and was put back behind bars.

Pilkington was released last September with a number of conditions imposed on him.

Carly's parents Sheila and Trevor received MBEs from Prince William two years ago for campaigning against domestic abuse and setting up The Carly Fund, a charity which provides support for victims.

Its helpline was open to anyone affected by the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London in 2017.

The couple have also raised more than £60,000 for Wigan Victim Support and Witness Service, which supported them after Carly's death.

The Judge Rinder's Crime Stories episode lasts for an hour and will be split the two cases of Carly's one in which a man called Anthony Richardson was killed in an attack in Grimsby.

Carly's side of the programme was filmed in Media City in Salford last year.

Her story was also previously aired in an episode of TV series Britain’s Darkest Taboos.