Paedophile who was jailed for murdering Nikki Allan in 1992 launches appeal ... trends now
The paedophile who murdered seven-year-old Nikki Allan has launched an appeal against his conviction and 29-year prison sentence.
David Boyd, 55, lured the young schoolgirl away and brutally murdered her in October 1992 before escaping justice for 30 years.
Her skull was smashed with a brick and her body stabbed 37 times by Boyd, a man she knew well from the block of flats in Sunderland where they lived.
Her body was found inside a derelict building the next day by local residents searching for the missing girl.
Boyd had a previous history of sexual offences involving young girls. He was found guilty in 2022 at Newcastle Crown Court of murder and sentenced to a minimum term of 29 years.
David Boyd, 55, who murdered seven-year-old Nikki Allan has launched an appeal against his conviction and 29-year prison sentence
Nikki, from Sunderland, was horrifically murdered in 1992 by Boyd, who was not arrested until 2017
He has now lodged an appeal against his conviction and the length of his sentence, which may have been even longer if the murder had taken place more recently.
Nikki's mother Sharon Henderson has spoken out against Boyd, expressing her shock to find out he is appealing.
'He had his opportunity to protest his innocence in court. But he did not say a word,' she told The Mirror.
Northumbria Police Commissioner Kim McGuinness, who reportedly spoke with Ms Henderson about the appeal, said that Boyd has put Nikki's family through a 'horrendous ordeal' and must 'face his actions'.
'I hope the courts do the right thing and throw out this appeal and end this woman's torment,' she told the paper.
Nikki's brutal murder shook residents on the Wear