Killer ‘smashed seven-year-old girl over the head with a brick’ in 1992 murder

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Killer ‘smashed seven-year-old girl over the head with a brick’ in 1992 murder

 A man who killed a seven-year-old girl in a 1992 murder beat her with a brick and shattered her skull and stabbed her eight times in the heart,

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 A man who killed a seven-year-old girl in a 1992 murder beat her with a brick and shattered her skull and stabbed her eight times in the heart, a jury has heard. 

David Boyd, aged 25 at the time, took Nikki Allan to the Old Exchange Building in Hendon, Sunderland where he beat her with a brick and stabbed her multiple times, it is claimed. 

Prosecutors allege that Boyd, now aged 55, lured Nikki away from the block of flats where she lived close to the River Wear late in the evening of October 7, 1992, and say that she ‘skipped to her death’. 

She was found dead the following morning inside the derelict building  in an area of wasteland by a teenage boy, aged 16. 

Boyd, of Chesterton Court, Norton, Stockton, Teesside, who was known to the family as his then girlfriend was a babysitter, denies murder. 

The prosecution previously said that Nikki must have been first attacked outside the disused building, as some of her blood was found by the only point of access.

Seven-year-old Nikki Allan (pictured) was found dead the morning after the attack on October 7 1992, inside the derelict building in an area of wasteland by a teenage boy

Seven-year-old Nikki Allan (pictured) was found dead the morning after the attack on October 7 1992, inside the derelict building in an area of wasteland by a teenage boy

Seven-year-old Nikki Allan (pictured) was found dead the morning after the attack on October 7 1992, inside the derelict building in an area of wasteland by a teenage boy

She was then lifted through a gap in a window at least 6ft off the ground and attacked inside the unlit building with a brick and then a kitchen or pen knife.

Pathologist Dr Peter Nigel Cooper described the schoolgirl’s injuries to jurors at Newcastle Crown Court, and said she had been stabbed multiple times in the heart, lung and aorta, a main artery. 

The medical expert, who worked on the case at the time of the murder as an assistant to the senior pathologist, told the court that Nikki suffered eight stab wounds to the heart, seven to the pericardial sac, the area around the heart. 

She was also stabbed 24 times in her left lung, twice in the aorta and the liver. 

He told prosecutor Richard Wright KC: ‘A knife has been used repeatedly, essentially, in the same location to produce a large gaping wound. In any event we are talking about a considerable amount of force. 

‘Clearly anything that penetrates the heart or aorta is going to cause catastrophic internal bleeding’. 

He added that the knife had been fully inserted into Nikki’s body and that the deepest cut was just under four inches. 

When asked if the knife ‘didn’t have the ability to go any deeper’, Dr Cooper replied: ‘That’s exactly right’. 

Boyd, of Chesterton Court, Norton, Stockton, Teesside, now aged 55, who was known to the family as his then girlfriend was a babysitter, denies murder.

Boyd, of Chesterton Court, Norton, Stockton, Teesside, now aged 55, who was known to the family as his then girlfriend was a babysitter, denies murder.

Boyd, of Chesterton Court, Norton, Stockton, Teesside, now aged 55, who was known to the family as his then girlfriend was a babysitter, denies murder.

Photographs from the scene in the Old Exchange Building in Hendon, Sunderland, were shown to jurors

Photographs from the scene in the Old Exchange Building in Hendon, Sunderland, were shown to jurors

Photographs from the scene in the Old Exchange Building in Hendon, Sunderland, were shown to jurors 

The schoolgirl sustained a number of external and internal injuries, including a large puncture wound, caused by multiple stabbings in the same place. She was also found with two other stab wounds on her torso. 

The knife had completed cut through the cartilage of one rib, almost severed another, and had cut one of her ribs. 

Dr Cooper concluded she was likely unconscious, but not dead, at the time of the stabbing.  

‘We’re talking about a really small bleed knife’, he told the court. ‘It could be a small kitchen knife or a small pen knife, for example. She is likely to have been unconscious.

‘The natural thing is either to ward off the weapon or grab hold of it.

‘As the number of stab wounds increases so does the defensive injuries. She had an enormous amount of stab wounds but no defensive wounds.’

Jurors were shown computer generated photographs of her injuries, as well as grim photographs of the scene. Dr Cooper said the scene was covered in ‘excessive blood staining’, and that a brick was present. 

Nikki also had a fractured skull and brain injuries as well as bruising to her head. Dr Cooper concluded she was hit at least twice with a ‘considerable amount of force’. 

Nikki's body was found in the disused building in an area of wasteland the morning after her death

Nikki's body was found in the disused building in an area of wasteland the morning after her death

Nikki’s body was found in the disused building in an area of wasteland the morning after her death 

Jurors heard that the scene was covered in 'excessive blood staining', and that a brick was present

Jurors heard that the scene was covered in 'excessive blood staining', and that a brick was present

Jurors heard that the scene was covered in ‘excessive blood staining’, and that a brick was present

‘Clearly, the main injury to the right side of the head can be explained by a weapon, such as the brick,’ he told the court.

‘There are a number of different ways that somebody can be gripped or dragged but the yellow post mortem injuries in the back suggest that she had been dragged with her back going across the ground.’

He said the cause of death was ‘shock and haemorrhaging due to multiple blows to the head causing extensive fracturing to the skull and injury to the brain together with multiple stab wounds to the left of her abdomen causing injuries to the heart, lung and liver’. 

The trial continues.

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