Nuneaton News Ac­cused ends court grilling by say­ing: ‘I didn’t mur­der the girl’

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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

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