Nuneaton News Court hears ac­cused is ‘cold-blooded killer’

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A YOUNG Nuneaton woman is a “cold­blooded and ma­nip­u­la­tive” killer who lied to po­lice as she was scared of spend­ing the next 20 years in prison, a court has heard.

De­spite her protes­ta­tions, El­iz­a­beth El­lis was branded a mur­derer by the pros­e­cu­tion bar­ris­ter at her trial at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court.

El­lis, 20, is ac­cused of mur­der­ing mum-of-four Dionne Clark – who she was liv­ing with at the time – along with co-de­fen­dant Do­minic Wal­lis.

They both deny killing the 27-yearold, whose body was found at a home in Cor­nish Close, Nuneaton, on June 17 this year.

El­lis has spent two days in the wit­ness box where she has told the jury that is was Do­minic Wal­lis, 28, who tied up and at­tacked Miss Clark.

Yes­ter­day saw pros­e­cu­tor Annabel Dar­low QC ask why El­lis and Do­minic took Miss Clark’s car on Satur­day, June 17, while she was ly­ing dead in the house at Cor­nish Close.

El­lis said they took the car to get to the shop be­long­ing to Do­minic’s mum, Karen Wal­lis, who is also stand­ing trial hav­ing pleaded not guilty to a charge of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice.

Do­minic’s dad, 55-year-old Kings­ley Wal­lis, has also de­nied the same charge.

“Why tell his par­ents?” asked Miss Dar­low. “I don’t know,” replies El­lis. “I just went with Do­minic.”

El­lis was re­minded that a neigh­bour gave ev­i­dence to say they saw El­lis and Do­minic in the street at that point and they were “laugh­ing and jok­ing”.

El­lis said they weren’t laugh­ing and the neigh­bour was wrong.

Miss Dar­low stated that El­lis dis­agreed with the neigh­bour as it “doesn’t fit in with your story about be­ing fright­ened of Do­minic”.

The court also heard El­lis say that she and Karen Wal­lis de­cided to tell po­lice that she and Do­minic had ar­rived at the Pretty Things and More shop, in Gal­ley Com­mon, at around 4pm on June 17, rather than the ear­lier ac­tual time, and had done so “on pur­pose”.

Miss Dar­low said the CCTV at the shop had to be re­moved so that it wouldn’t re­veal the ac­tual time that they ar­rived.

El­lis agreed and added it was also so that no­body would see that Do­minic had been driv­ing as he was banned at that point. The pros­e­cu­tor quizzed El­lis on why she told po­lice in in­ter­view that she and Do­minic had dis­cussed “get­ting 20 years” in prison.

El­lis told the court that it was Do­minic who had said that and she doesn’t know why she said that to po­lice.

She again stated that she “didn’t do any­thing to Dionne”.

Miss Dar­low also asked El­lis why a pil­low had been placed un­der the head of Miss Clark as she lay dead in the front room at Cor­nish Close. El­lis an­swered that it was to “make it look like she had fallen asleep and she had just died”.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously stated that she took her bags from Miss Clark’s house on June 17 and took them to her nearby grand­fa­ther’s house, El­lis was asked why she took Do­minic to her rel­a­tive’s house when she claimed he had al­ready threat­ened to kill her fam­ily if she “told any­one what had re­ally hap­pened” to Miss Clark.

El­lis replied that Do­minic al­ready knew where her grand­fa­ther lived.

Miss Dar­low asked: “But you were happy to leave [Do­minic] on the doorstep while you go in­side?” El­lis said: “Yes.”

Miss Dar­low stated that El­lis must have been walk­ing past Miss Clark’s body ev­ery time she went in and out of the prop­erty in Cor­nish Close.

“How did that make you feel?” the pros­e­cu­tor asked. “It was hor­ri­ble,” El­lis replied. “I put the quilt over her as I couldn’t bear to look at her any­more.”

Miss Dar­low said that El­lis must have been “re­lieved” when she fi­nally saw po­lice of­fi­cers in Cor­nish Close that night, adding: “Fi­nally you could say ‘thank God, I’m safe with you guys - that bloke has been threat­en­ing to kill me and he mur­dered my best friend.’”

El­lis re­sponded: “I didn’t say any of that.”

“The sim­ple rea­son is be­cause none of that is true,” said Miss Dar­low.

“I had been brain­washed by him,” replied El­lis.

Miss Dar­low said that El­lis has shown “very lit­tle emo­tion” while giv­ing ev­i­dence at court and sug­gested that she is a “cold-blooded and ma­nip­u­la­tive woman”. El­lis dis­agreed.

The pros­e­cu­tor said: “On the night that Dionne Clark was un­lucky to find her­self with you and Do­minic Wal­lis, you and he were high on drink and drugs and at­tacked her, and have been ly­ing ever since to save your­self from the 20 years you thought you would get.” El­lis sim­ply said: “No.” Adrian Keel­ing QC, El­lis’ bar­ris­ter, asked her how she felt know­ing that her best friend was killed and she did lit­tle to help her.

El­lis said: “It’s hor­ri­ble. I don’t re­ally sleep at night. I know I should have done some­thing to help her but I didn’t.”

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