Officers’ statements heard during Dionne murder trial
THE Dionne Clark murder trial has continued in the absence of one of the defendants due to illness.
Jurors heard how Dominic Wallis, 28, had been diagnosed with pneumonia and was being treated for the condition.
In the dock yesterday was Elizabeth Ellis, aged 20, who along with Dominic Wallis is accused of the murder of 27-year-old Nuneaton mum-of-four Dionne Clark, at Wallis’s home in the town, in June this year.
Dominic Wallis’s parents Karen Wallis and Kingsley Wallis, 55, are also on trial – accused of perverting the course of justice.
The jury has previously heard Dionne Clark’s body was found at Wallis’s home, in Cornish Close, on June 17.
His Honour Judge Simon Drew QC said: “Mr Wallis is still not here but as far as today’s hearing is concerned we can continue in his absence.”
The judge indicated Dominic Wallis would be unable to attend court in person until Thursday next week, though a video link could be set up in order for him to still participate in proceedings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Yesterday’s proceedings saw police witnesses appear and also went through police officers’ statements.
PC Sharon Coldrick from Warwickshire Police was one of the officers who first arrived on the scene.
In her statement she said she saw Dominic Wallis come into the garden, also Karen Wallis and Elizabeth Ellis.
PC Coldrick said: “He was irate. He looked like he was high on drugs. He was sweaty and his pupils were like pin pricks.”
She added that Dominic Wallis had a key in his hand and was trying to unlock the back door to the house.
She said: “I ushered him away and tried to calm him down. His mother said he had psychosis.
“Elizabeth Ellis was crying – I heard the paramedic say a woman in the house was deceased. Dominic Wallis and Elizabeth Ellis were both crying. Elizabeth Ellis was on the verge of being hysterical. Her make-up was running down her face. Both were clearly under the influence of drugs.” Yesterday’s proceedings mentioned a fight that was supposed to have taken place between Dionne Clark and someone called ‘Kellie’ on the evening of Friday, June 17. PC Coldrick said: “He (Dominic Wallis) said she had been in a fight and ragged around by her hair. He said the three had returned to his house and had been drinking and smoking crack cocaine. “When they got up Dionne was dead, they didn’t know the time. “They had a can and smoked some cannabis before going to Karen Wallis’s house.” PC David Gallagher was the officer who arrested Dominic Wallis. In his statement, PC Gallagher said when he told Wallis he was arresting him he replied: “What do you mean? I haven’t done anything.”
PC Tess Mitchell, who arrested Elizabeth Ellis spoke in her statement of Ellis’s response when she told her she was arresting her. She said: “She said ‘what the f***. Why are you doing this to me?’ She was clearly very agitated.”
Detective Constable Paul Vines, who interviewed Elizabeth Ellis after her arrest, took to the witness stand to go through a transcript of the interview.
In response to him cautioning her, Ellis said: “Why would I have to go to court when I have just found my best mate dead?”
The transcript revealed how when Ellis, Dominic Wallis and Dionne Clark got together that day and “started drinking and taking a lot of drugs”.
Continuing through the transcript there was a focus on a trip the three made to a Spar supermarket in Dionne Clark’s car and the fight that was said to have happened.
Ellis said: “We all got some beers. Then she slammed her brakes on and started talking about some bird called Kelly.”
Dionne Clark then got out of the car and attacked a woman who was in the street. Ellis continued: “They had a fight but then she started getting beat-up. She started kicking her (Dionne) and that’s when Dominic got out of the car and broke it up. “He got a bloody nose as well.” Ellis said when they returned to Dominic Wallis’s house she attempted to persuade Dionne to call an ambulance but “she didn’t want to”.
She suggested Dionne was reluctant to call an ambulance because of issues involving her four children.
She said: “She’s got four kids and had three taken off her for taking drugs.
“She was paranoid. She didn’t want to go. She wanted to carry on getting wrecked.”
Addressing DC Vines, junior prosecutor Thomas Baker said: “Police identified a possible suspect for the woman identified as Kelly, who was Kerry Spare.
“On the same day, Saturday June 18, you attended Kerry Spare’s address and arrested her on suspicion of murder.
“When it was discovered the account given was false, no further action was taken against her?”
DC Vines confirmed that was the case.