DEVASTATED Sharon Henderson said a Crimewatch reconstruction of her daughter’s death has plunged her into depression.
Sharon, 47, said reciting the details of the night seven-year-old Nikki Allan was murdered for investigators was so traumatic, doctors prescribed her the anti-depressant medication diazepam.
It is the first time the mother-of-three and grandmother-of-two has had to take medication to cope with the loss of her daughter, whose body was found battered lying in a pool of blood in the Old Exchange Building, in Sunderland’s East End, almost 21-years ago.
“It was when I got interviewed for Crimewatch,” she told the Echo. “It was what I had wanted for so long, but it brought everything back and going into all the details it was hard to cope.”
Since the production process began Sharon, was has campaigned for Nikki’s killer to be brought to justice since she vanished after leaving her grandparents’ flat in Wear Garth, East End, on October 7, 1992, has lost so much weight doctors have prescribed her weight- gain drinks.
“They gave me them a few-days-ago,” she said. “Everyone was getting concerned about my weight loss.
“My daughters are concerned about me. I was worried about them, but they are stronger than me. It’s my life 24/7 getting justice for Nikki.
“I was advised not to watch the programme, but I’ve been fighting this for 21 years. I was like a baby crying and they wanted to stop it, but I wanted to watch it.”
Since the BBC1 reconstruction aired on Thursday night, police have received a number of calls and are investigating a report from a woman claiming to have withheld information during the original police investigation.
“If it was me I would have come forward in the first place,” said Sharon, who watched the programme a second time with the support group North East Victims’ Association. “It makes me really angry that someone has come forward after all this time.
“I think people think I should be happy, but I can’t be when that information has been held back all these years. I’m just waiting for that one phone call that I have been waiting for, for 21 years.
“There is some fresh hope, but I just wish there was an end to it so I could go back to being a mother and a grandmother.”
Meanwhile, a gable end of a building in High Street West, in the city centre, has been daubed with “Justice For Nikki Allan”.
Anyone with any information can call detectives on 0800 4565 914, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.