Mother of murdered Sunderland schoolgirl honoured for justice fight

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CAMPAIGNING mum Sharon Henderson will today be honoured for her 22-year fight to bring her daughter’s killer to justice.

The 48-year-old will be handed a Roger Costello Making a Difference Award by national charity Mothers Against Murder and Aggression (MAMAA) for her tireless efforts.

Nikki Allan’s battered body was found lying in a pool of blood in the Old Exchange Building, in Sunderland’s East End, on October 8, 
1992.

She had been clubbed over the head with a brick and stabbed 37 times in the chest and abdomen.

Despite repeated pleas for information, no one has ever been convicted of the crime.

Sharon, of Ryhope, has constantly campaigned to keep the horrific crime in the public arena and last year took part in an episode of Crimewatch screened close to the 21st anniversary of Nikki’s murder.

She also distributed leaflets in the East End and Hendon areas, urging anyone with information to come forward.

Today she will attend MAMAA’s annual conference in London, along with other relatives of murder and manslaughter victims from across the country. Sharon said: “I never realised how many people had been affected by my campaigning.

“It’s not just about me, it’s about getting justice for all families who feel let down by the system. Nikki’s killer is still out there and, like any mother, I won’t stop until this person is convicted and locked up.”

Sharon says she is still waiting for new DNA results which have been carried out on Nikki’s shoes and clothing in a hope of pinpointing the killer. Amanda Everitt, chairperson of MAMAA, said: “Sharon has been diligent in ensuring that the case of her beloved daughter Nikki Allan is never forgotten.

“Over the last 18 months, we have all seen the campaign grow and strengthen.

“And, like Sharon and her family, we hope that the person responsible for what happened to Nikki is brought to justice.”