Criminal damages case dropped against mum

Sharon Henderson pictured at Sunderland Magistrates' Court in September where she appeared in relation to charges of criminal damage to a vehicle.
Sharon Henderson pictured at Sunderland Magistrates' Court in September where she appeared in relation to charges of criminal damage to a vehicle.
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THE mum of murdered Sunderland schoolgirl Nikki Allan has had a criminal damage case against her dropped.

Sharon Henderson appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court yesterday facing charges of causing £300 worth of damage to a Citroen Berlingo on September 1.

She had pleaded not guilty to the offence and was due to go to trial, but the case was kicked out.

The 46-year-old’s daughter Nikki Allan was found stabbed to death in the then-derelict Exchange Building, in High Street East, in October 1992.

It was just a few hundred yards from her Wear Garth home, in Hendon.

The family’s neighbour George Heron, then 24, was arrested and confessed to Nikki’s murder but a six-week trial later collapsed after the judge at Leeds Crown Court ruled Northumbria Police had used heavy-handed techniques to interrogate Heron.

Ms Henderson has spent the two decades since her daughter’s death campaigning for justice.

Ms Henderson, of Rosslyn Avenue, in Ryhope, appeared in court yesterday without legal representation.

Prosecutor Stan Sudworth told the court that the complainant had advised police he didn’t want the case to go any further.

It is believed the now-dropped offence related to her ongoing battle to bring her daughter’s killer to justice.

District judge Roger Elsey told Ms Henderson: “The case against you is dismissed and you are free to go.”

Despite the case being dismissed, Ms Henderson, who was supported at the court by John Johnson, whose son Kevin was stabbed to death in Pennywell 2007, said: “I’m disgusted because I have been shut up once again.

“I thought a trial was about having your say but today, I haven’t had my say at all. Nothing.”

Ms Henderson’s friend Christine Hope, 54, who helps with the campaign to bring Nikki’s killer to justice, said: “We are petitioning the Government and we still need loads of signatures.

“We need to get on to MPs because people are not taking any notice of Nikki’s case.”

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