Murdered Sunderland schoolgirl’s mum in court

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 a murdered schoolgirl has appeared in court over harassment charges.

Sharon Henderson, whose daughter Nikki Allan was stabbed to death in October 1992, appeared before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court yesterday where she pleaded not guilty.

Seven-year-old Nikki’s body was found a few hundred yards from her Wear Garth home.

Neighbour George Heron, 24, confessed to Nikki’s murder.

A trial collapsed, however, when the judge at Leeds Crown Court ruled that officers from Northumbria Police had used heavy-handed techniques to question him.

Over the years, Henderson has tirelessly campaigned for those responsible for Nikki’s death to face court.

The harassment case is believed to be related to Sharon’s battle to see Nikki’s killers convicted.

Henderson, of Ryhope, said today: “I’m still fighting to get justice for Nikki.

“I’m over the moon that the police have not taken my Facebook page for the campaign down and now I’ll get to have my say in court.”

She was charged under a former surname.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Sharon Josephine Henderson, 46, of Rosslyn Avenue, Sunderland, has been charged with two counts of harassment.

“She appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court and was granted conditional bail.”

She is due to appear before Sunderland magistrates for a trial on February 4.