Nuneaton News Accused ends court grilling by saying: ‘I didn’t murder the girl’
A MURDER accused’s last words to the jury before stepping down from the witness box were: “I didn’t murder the girl.”
Dominic Wallis had been grilled for a total of two-and-a-half days as he stands accused of murdering Nuneaton mum Dionne Clark at his home in Cornish Close.
While giving evidence at Birmingham Crown Court, Dominic said he had “never laid a finger” on the 27-year-old mum-of-four, whose body was found by police in June last year following a 999 call made by Dominic’s mother.
Wallis, 28, denies killing Miss Clark, as does his co-defendant, 20-year-old Elizabeth Ellis.
They are joined in the dock by Dominic’s parents, Karen and Kingsley Wallis, who both deny a charge of perverting the course of justice.
During her questioning of Dominic this morning, prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC stated: “The plain reality is that on the night of June 16 to 17 you and Elizabeth Ellis murdered Dionne Clark.”
Dominic replied: “Not at all. I admit I got the tape and came in to the front room where [Ellis] was tying her up. I never laid a finger on [Miss Clark].”
Miss Darlow said that Miss Clark was the “victim of a serious beating” by both Dominic and Ellis, before she was “trussed up with tape and wires and gagged”.
Dominic said that he “couldn’t put tape on her physically myself” due to the injury to his hand suffered in a firework accident when he was younger.
The jury was told by Miss Darlow that Dominic, along with Ellis and his parents, “have told lie after lie to make sure that you didn’t end up being punished for what you have done”.
Dominic stated: “I should be punished for getting the tape but I didn’t murder the girl.”
Earlier in the day, the jury heard that Dominic was interviewed by a consultant psychiatrist in September 2017 during which the defendant said that Ellis had “flew at Dionne” and “beat her quite bad”.
In his notes, the psychiatrist stated that Dominic told him that Ellis had told him “tie her up, tie her up” and he had done so under her orders.
Dominic stated in court yesterday that he “never” tied up Miss Clark.
Miss Darlow said that Dominic “comes up with lie and lie” and Dominic replied: “That’s your opinion.” The prosecutor asked Dominic why he told the psychiatrist that he didn’t hear any voices “at the material time of the alleged offence”, but had heard them “prior” to that but hadn’t been able to understand it.
Dominic stated: “The voice was saying to tie her up.”
It was put to Dominic that he is “using the suggestion of hearing voices at the time you attacked Dionne Clark to hide behind”, to which he replied: “You can stand there. You don’t know what has gone on in my head.
“You don’t know me or my mental health.”
Stating the psychiatrist’s report, Miss Darlow said that Dominic had stated in September that he had lied in police interview as “we thought that we would be done for murder and we didn’t want to be done for it”.
Dominic replied: “That’s why we made up the story in the first place.”
Dominic told the jury that he “stopped everyone” from ringing police or an ambulance on Saturday, June 17, as he was “worried” about the cannabis in the house in Cornish Close.
“So you were thinking very clearly weren’t you,” said Miss Darlow, who says Dominic “worked out” with his dad - Kingsley Wallis - how to get rid of the cannabis.
Dominic said he just told his dad he “had stuff to get rid of”, but added that Kingsley “might have” known it was cannabis.
The jury heard that when Dominic was passing the bags to his father through the front window of the house, he must have been walking past Miss Clark’s body to do so.
Dominic said her body was “covered up”.
It was put to Dominic that once the cannabis was out of the house, he could have rang police at that point on his mum’s phone that he had in his possession.
Dominic said: “I wanted my mum to do it and explain it better. My mum had been on my case all day to ring and I kept putting it off.”
The trial continues