Mother of murdered Sunderland girl harassed man over evidence claims

Sharon Henderson outside Sunderland Magistrates' Court.
Sharon Henderson outside Sunderland Magistrates' Court.
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THE mother of a murdered girl harassed a man she claimed had evidence to catch her daughter’s killer.

Sharon Henderson, whose daughter Nikki Allan was stabbed to death in Sunderland’s East End, has been found guilty of harassing a former neighbour.

Nikki Allen

Nikki Allen

Henderson, who has campaigned for justice since the seven-year-old was murdered in 1992, was convicted of two charges after a trial.

It was said the 46-year-old, who appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court under her maiden name Prest, launched a series of “abusive and threatening attacks” against the neighbour and his wife.

The court was told how he was said to have visited Henderson and friend Christine Hope at her home, after she earlier confronted his family over claims he had “new evidence” in Nikki’s case.

“I wanted to know more,” Henderson said. “You can’t imagine how I felt.”

The trial heard how the defendant made repeated visits to his home, sometimes late at night, terrifying his wife and children.

She was also said to have posted his address and a photograph of him on her Facebook page.

Henderson, of Rosslyn Avenue, Sunderland, said she reported the claims of new evidence to police, but officers did not take them further. Giving evidence, the neighbour’s wife said her family had been forced to install a panic alarm at their home and, later, move away from the neighbourhood because of the abuse.

“She would come round late at night, banging and kicking the door and shouting abuse,” she said. I was frightened and scared and the children were terrified.

“One time I heard a knock on the door and, at first, I thought it was the Avon lady.

“I turned round to get my book and, the next thing I knew, she had opened the door and was in the house.

“She threw one of her T-shirts at me with a picture of her daughter on it and Justice for Nikki and shouted: ‘There is a present for you and your kids’.”

The neighbour, who denied having any information about the 1992 murder case, said: “Her behaviour made me feel a little bit nervous and scared.

“The threats that had been posted on Facebook were unbelievable, especially when my photograph was put on it.

“It had been taken from my own page.

“I was more worried about the safety of my wife and kids.”

The court was told how a previous case of criminal damage against Henderson was dropped.

She faced charges of causing £300 of damage to the neighbour’s works van, on September 1.

Henderson had pleaded not guilty to the offence and was due to go to trial, but the case was kicked out when the neighbour and his wife failed to appear to give evidence.

Henderson is expected to be sentenced on March 11.

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