Footage of a man accused of murdering Nikki Allan being arrested has been played to jurors.
David Boyd is alleged to have lured the youngster away and smashed her skull with and brick and repeatedly stabbed her in Sunderland. He denies murder and is standing trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
On the seventh day of the trial, jurors were shown body worn camera footage of Boyd being arrested in April 2018 on suspicion of killing the seven-year-old in October 1992. He is seen coming to the door topless and carrying a dog before being told he is being taken into custody.
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The court also heard about his police interviews, in which he denied killing Nikki and said he was shocked to hear of her death.
Jurors have heard how the seven-year-old was seen “skipping to her death” behind a man who had allegedly lured her away after she was seen waiting for her mum outside a pub. Witness accounts described Nikki heading toward the derelict Old Exchange building with the man on the night of October 7 1992 and she was described as appearing “comfortable in the company of her killer”.
Piercing screams and unnerving noises were then heard from the area of the building by people who were in the area at the time. Meanwhile a frantic search had begun for the youngster after her family realised she was missing.
One woman who saw a child skipping to keep up with a man that night helped a police artist draw sketches of the suspect, which prosecutors were shown alongside a photograph of Boyd from around the same time. Prosecutors say the sketches bear a “striking resemblance” to the accused.
Residents and police spend the night looking for Nikki and the following morning her shoes and coat were found outside the Old Exchange building. A 16-year-old and his stepdad then made the horrific discovery of the youngster’s badly injured body in the corner a dark room in the basement of the building.
The court heard she had been smashed over the head with a brick before being stabbed in the chest dozens of times. She was then dragged by her ankles from the room where the attack happened down the basement where she was found.
Jurors were shown pictures from inside the building showing the scene of the attack, which was heavily bloodstained both on the floor and wall. Images also depicted drag marks leading to her body.
A pathologist told how she had been repeatedly stabbed in the chest, including eight to the heart and 28 to the lung and part of her skull had been smashed into fragments.
Another man stood trial for Nikki’s murder in 1993 but was cleared. The court has heard Boyd’s DNA was found on Nikki’s clothing.
The 55-year-old denies murder and the trial continues.