Nikki Allan murder: Man charged with killing of seven-year-old found dead in 1992

Nikki Allan was found dead in 1992
Nikki Allan was found dead in 1992
Tom Evans

By Tom Evans

Published: 23/05/2022

- 16:56

Updated: 14/02/2023

- 11:19

A man has been charged with the murder of a schoolgirl whose body was discovered in a derelict building almost 30 years ago

Nikki Allan was found dead in the Old Exchange Building near her family home in October 1992.

The seven-year-old had been at her grandparents’ flat in the same block that she lived, in the east end of Sunderland.

But, while making the short journey home, she went missing and a desperate search was launched.

The following morning she was found inside the then-derelict building after her coat and shoes were spotted.

She had been stabbed 37 times.

David Thomas Boyd, 54, of Norton, County Durham, appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with Nikki’s murder.

He was remanded in custody and will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday.

Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable David Felton said: “This is an extremely tragic case and our thoughts very much continue to be with the family and friends of Nikki Allan.

“A significant investigation has been ongoing ever since Nikki’s death 30 years ago.

“As with any unsolved cases of this nature, they are never closed. Our dedicated teams constantly review the evidence and follow any new investigative leads that may come to light.

“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Nikki’s family for their patience and co-operation and we will continue to offer them any support they may need.”

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