Averill's escape from prison was planned in advance to coincide with a Christmas party for Republican prisoners. Women's clothing had been smuggled in and as the party was in progress he changed into the gear and managed to walk out of the prison without being challenged. He was reported to have fled to County Donegal in the Irish Republic and never returned to prison. His life sentence was later dismissed and amnesty granted following the Good Friday Agreement.
Sinn Fein-IRA leader Gerry Adams met with the British Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street the day after Averill's escape. Before his meeting with Tony Blair, Adams was asked about the escapee and responded: "While there are prisoners, there will be prisoners who try to escape. I tried it myself. Liam Averill succeeded where I didn't. Good luck to him".
|Double murderer Liam Averill|