Moment paedophile who murdered Nikki Allan, 7, fidgets as he's grilled

Moment paedophile who murdered seven-year-old Nikki Allan fidgets and covers his face as he is grilled by police in interview – before being convicted of the child’s death

  • David Boyd, 55, battered and stabbed Nikki Allan, 7, to death in October 1992
  • Police interview shows him shaking his leg and covering his face as he talks

This is the moment the paedophile who murdered a seven-year-old girl fidgets his leg and covers his face as he is grilled by police during an interview.

Nikki Allan was battered and stabbed to death by David Boyd, 55, in October 1992 and was finally convicted of murder.

There was chaos in court as the guilty verdict was returned against sex offender David for the murder of his neighbour, schoolgirl Nikki Allan.

He lured Nikki to her death after he spotted her outside the Garth flats in Sunderland’s East End where they both lived.

In the police interview detectives ask Boyd about how he entered the Old Exchange Building in Hendon, where Nikki’s body was found.

Seven-year-old Nikki Allan was brutally murdered in 1992, a crime Boyd has been found guilty

David Boyd, 55, escaped justice for 30 years but today was finally convicted of his evil crime

This is the moment Boyd who murdered a seven-year-old girl fidgets his leg and covers his face as he is grilled by police during an interview

He talks about how he had, at points, entered the building through a back window – and as he answers questions his leg is nervously shaking and he covers his mouth with his hand.

An officer says: ‘You know and I know and everyone knows that Nikki’s body was found inside the Old Exchange Building in Hendon on the morning of the 8th October 1992 and she had been murdered.

‘Scientific examination shows the most likely point of entry for Nikki into the Old Exchange building was via a lower window at the rear of the property which was accessed over a brick wall.

‘This was the window that you confirmed that you entered the building via during your trip… only days before.’

‘Yeah,’ Boyd confirmed. 

Police charged the wrong man with her murder and jobless Boyd remained free until DNA advances brought a breakthrough and he was finally charged in 2022.

Outside Newcastle Crown Court, Nikki’s mother Sharon Henderson, who campaigned ceaselessly to keep the unsolved murder in the public eye, spoke of the ‘injustice’ that ‘this evil man slipped through the net to murder Nikki when he was on their (police) files in the first place’.

‘Three doors down from Nikki’s grandparents. They should have investigated him straight away,’ she said.

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Asked how she found the strength to keep fighting for justice, Ms Henderson said: ‘Because Nikki’s my daughter and I love her.’

Cries of ‘yes’ and ‘you bastard’ could be heard in the public gallery as family members hugged and shouted in jubilation as the verdict came in.

Mrs Justice Lambert had asked for quiet when it was returned and she cleared the public gallery.

Nikki was seen ‘skipping to her death’ by a witness who saw her following a man in the direction of the derelict warehouse where she was murdered, 300 yards from home, the court heard.

Boyd attacked her with a brick and stabbed her 37 times in the chest, before dumping her – dead or dying – in the basement of the old Exchange building.

Locals later told police they heard piercing screams coming from the building.

Her shoes and jacket were found the next morning outside, and the horrific discovery of her body in the corner of the basement followed soon after.

Northumbria Police first prosecuted the wrong man, George Heron, who was cleared after a trial in 1993, but whose life was ruined by then.

Outlining the prosecution case, Richard Wright KC told the court Boyd was known to Nikki’s family, lived in the same block of flats as her and was the boyfriend of their babysitter.

Nikki had been out with friends on the evening of October 7 1992 and a woman told police she saw a little girl wandering with a man now known to be Boyd.

Mr Wright said: ‘The little girl would occasionally drop behind and would then skip to catch up.

‘This was Nikki Allan. She was with her killer and she was unwittingly skipping to her death.’

Boyd, aged 25 at the time of the killing and now of Chesterton Court, Stockton, Teesside, denied murder but refused to go into the witness box to give evidence.

Prosecutors said Nikki must have known her killer to willingly follow him – grainy CCTV showed a male adult being trailed by a child.

Her blood was discovered outside the only entry point, a boarded-up window about six feet off the ground.

Police outside the Sunderland warehouse where the body of schoolgirl Nikki was found

David Boyd in 1992, which has been shown to the jury and the photofit of Nikki’s killer

Investigators believe Boyd must have hit Nikki outside the building, then lifted her inside and carried out his monstrous attack, during which he left traces of DNA on her clothes.

Seven years later, Boyd indecently assaulted a nine-year-old girl in a Teesside park.

He already had a conviction for breach of the peace in 1986 after asking an underage girl for a kiss, and two flashing offences.

He told his probation officer he had fantasised about naked ‘young girls’ when he was in his early 20s.

In 2017, advances in DNA techniques allowed police to re-examine Nikki’s case and extract samples from her clothing.

Tests indicated a one in 28,000 match for Boyd – or a male relative of his – was found on the clothes ‘in multiple areas’, jurors heard.

Police were then able to go back and request a DNA test from the man they considered a mere witness 31 years ago.

Boyd was arrested on suspicion of murder in 2018 and charged last year after a painstaking investigation involving the DNA testing of 839 men linked to the area at the time.

The Old Exchange Building in Hendon, where Boyd dragged Nikki and stabbed her 37 times

Outside court, Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Brad Howe thanked Nikki’s family for their ‘patience and strength’.

He said: ‘David Boyd hid his crime, lying about his involvement and prolonging the family’s suffering, knowing all along that he had taken the life of their little girl.

‘The investigation into Nikki’s murder has been one of the most complex and comprehensive ever conducted by Northumbria Police.’

Detective Chief Superintendent Lisa Theaker, the senior investigating officer in the case, added: ‘Nikki would have been 37 now and who knows what her life could have been.

‘But her future was cruelly taken away her by David Boyd.

‘The pain and suffering that he has caused, and to so many people, is immeasurable.’

She said: ‘New forensic techniques were a key part in this investigation, and we have been supported by incredible experts, witnesses and specialists who have helped us discover and prove who was responsible.’

She also thanked the residents of Sunderland who agreed to DNA tests so they could be eliminated from the inquiry.

‘Without their help, today’s conviction would not have been possible,’ she said.

The judge said Boyd will be sentenced on May 23.

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