Grimsby Telegraph

MAN, 47, ACCUSED OF KILLING WOMEN 21 YEARS APART

FORMER GRIMSBY MAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING TWO SEX WORKERS - FIRST IN 1997 AND THEN 2018

- By SOPHIE CORCORAN sophie.corcoran@reachplc.com @sophcorcor­an

A FORMER Grimsby man has gone on trial l accused of the murders of two women. Gary Allen, 47, is charged with two counts s of murder - one of Hull woman Samantha a Class in 1997 and another of Alena Grlakova, , 21 years later.

Both women were sex workers.

Miss Class’ body was found on October r 26, 1997, on the banks of the Humber Estu- ary at North Ferriby by three schoolgirl­s. A post-mortem examinatio­n found the e 29-year-old mother-of-three had been n beaten and strangled.

The jury has been told it is the second d time he has gone on trial accused of Saman- tha’s murder, as he was acquitted back in n 2000.

According to prosecutor­s, new evidence e has been discovered in relation to Samann tha’s murder. It is said that Allen admitted to an undercover officer that he had killed a woman and dumped her body in the Humber.

He is also accused of killing Alena Grlakova, whose body was found on land just off the Parkgate area of Rotherham on April 8 with a murder inquiry launched by South Yorkshire Police. She was last seen on Boxing Day 2018.

Allen is standing trial at Sheffield Crown Court, which heard on Monday from prosecutor Alistair MacDonald QC who told the jury that Miss Class’ body also showed bruises that suggested she had been run over by the tyre of a vehicle and marks that suggested she had been dragged against the ground.

The court heard the pathologis­t said: “This female had been subjected to an assault, which included severe blunt force trauma in the form of stamping to the head, neck, chest and upper abdominal areas, followed by ligature strangulat­ion and finally she was run over by a vehicle before the attempt to dispose of the body by putting it into the River Humber.”

Mr MacDonald said that during the course of the trial the jury will be shown maps of the area where Samantha’s body was found, and items of apparently blood-spattered clothing in that were recovered from her.

The court heard that a DNA swab was also ta taken from Samantha’s body. Mr MacDonald said a high vaginal swab was taken which yielded a DNA profile matching that of Allen. Mr MacDonald said: “In addition, the scie entist was able to find DNA from Samantha Class in those samples and also the DNA of a second man, whom we will call Man A. That is only to preserve the anonymity of a person who had sex with Samantha Class as part of her working life as a sex worker.”

The prosecutor told the court Allen was first identified nine months after Samantha’s body was found after he was stopped on suspicion of drink driving. A DNA profile was taken from him which linked him to Samantha. He was arrested, interviewe­d and charged.

Mr MacDonald said that Allen told police that at the time of Samantha’s murder he had spent most of the night drinking in the Holderness pub and had driven his friend home. He told police at around midnight he picked up a sex worker and took her to the Boulevard Unit factory estate where she ordered more money from him.

The prosecutor said: “She said she was going to tell the police the defendant had tried to rape her. He then got out of the car and dragged her out of his car by holding on to her jacket. He did not hit her and she ran off. He drove away. He said that he wishes still to have sex with a sex worker and he drove to Porter Street and he said Samantha Class was there. He said she walked over and got into his car.”

The court heard Allen had agreed on a price with Samantha before driving to Walker Street where the pair had sex and he paid her. He said that she then walked away and that was the last he saw of her. Mr MacDonald told the court Allen told police: “I don’t deny that I had sex with her, but how am I supposed to come and tell the police that, how can I come and tell the police that cause I’m not, you don’t expect ‘em to believe you.

“But I didn’t kill her. I didn’t kill anyone.” The court heard Allen had scrapped his car on Monday, October 27, the day after Miss Class’ body was found. He told officers it was because he was “frightened” because he had had sex with a woman who he saw on the news a day later.

Mr MacDonald said that it was not until October 28 that Humberside Police issued a picture of Samantha, identifyin­g her as the victim.

He said: “There was nothing to alert an innocent man to the identity of the person whose death was being reported in the media. The defendant had telephoned the scrapyard to sell his car by the time before the photograph was published.”

 ??  ?? Gary Allen has gone on trial accused of murdering two women.
Samantha Class and, right, police outside her home in 1997.
Gary Allen has gone on trial accused of murdering two women. Samantha Class and, right, police outside her home in 1997.
 ??  ?? Gary Allen has gone on trial accused of murdering two women.
DEATHS 21 YEARS APART
Gary Allen has gone on trial accused of murdering two women. DEATHS 21 YEARS APART
 ??  ?? Alena Grlakova, whose body was found on land just offthe Parkgate area of Rotherham.
Alena Grlakova, whose body was found on land just offthe Parkgate area of Rotherham.
 ??  ?? The home of Samantha Class in Firethorn Close, west Hull.
The home of Samantha Class in Firethorn Close, west Hull.
 ??  ?? Samantha Class who was murdered in 1997.
Samantha Class who was murdered in 1997.

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