No one has ever been brought to justice for the murder of Nikki Allan, who was found dead in a derelict building shortly after going missing from her grandparents home in 1992
Police investigating the murder of a seven-year-old girl stabbed dozens of times 30 years ago have today charged a man.
Nikki Allan disappeared in October 1992 from her grandparents’ home and desperate neighbors formed search teams to find her.
She was later found dumped in a derelict building nearby in the Wear Garth area of Sunderland. Teams had spotted her shoes outside her.
Forensic reports would later show she had been stabbed 37 times.
No one has yet been brought to justice for the shocking murder.
Earlier today David Thomas Boyd, 54, of Chesterton Court, Norton, Stockton, appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in South Shields charged with her murder, ChronicleLive reports.
He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court in Newcastle on Tuesday.
Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable David Felton said: “This is an extremely tragic case and our thoughts very much continue to be with the family and friends of Nikki Allan.
“A significant investigation has been ongoing ever since Nikki’s death 30 years ago. As with any unsolved cases of this nature, they are never closed.
“Our dedicated teams constantly review the evidence and follow any new investigative leads that may come to light.
“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Nikki’s family for their patience and cooperation and we will continue to offer them any support they may need.”
Nikki’s mum Sharon Henderson previously spoke to ChronicleLive and revealed her family’s anguish since the brutal slaying.
She said: “I have been fighting for Nikki longer than she was alive.
“All my other daughters have ever known is a mam that is fighting for justice.
“I’m so proud of them for the way they have handled it all. They have missed out on having a happy mam but this is the life they have got.
“This is normal to us, this is our normal life. Before Nikki was killed we were just an ordinary family. That seems like another life now.
“That killer took over everything. He’s devastated our whole family. All my daughters have ever had is an angry mom.
“All they have ever known is police coming to the door, they have just seen a mother that’s desperate.
“They have grown-up watching their mam fighting for justice.”
In 1993, George Heron who was 24 at the time, stood trial for Nikki’s murder, but was cleared by a jury at Leeds Crown Court.
Then, in 2014, serial killer Steven Grieveson was arrested and questioned on suspicion of Nikki’s murder but was later told he would face no action.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.