Parkgate man accused of killing Swinton woman Alena Grlakova strangled another woman 24 years ago, court told

Parkgate man accused of killing Swinton woman Alena Grlakova strangled another woman 24 years ago, court told

By David Parker | 19/04/2021

Parkgate man accused of killing Swinton woman Alena Grlakova strangled another woman 24 years ago, court told
Alena Grlakova

 

A MAN accused of killing a Swinton woman two years ago strangled a sex worker in 1997 and dumped her body in a river, a court has heard.

Gary Allen (47), of Bradbury's Close, Parkgate, is on trial at Sheffield Crown Court accused of killing Samantha Class in Hull in October 1997 and Alena Grlakova in Rotherham following her disappearance on Boxing Day 2018.

Mr Alistair MacDonald, QC, prosecuting, said the body of Ms Class had been found by schoolgirl Jennifer Harvey, who had been walking along the foreshore of the Humber Estuary in North Ferriby with two friends on the morning of Sunday, October 26, 1997.

Miss Harvey had seen Ms Class face-down in the river bed with purple markings and bruising on her back and legs.

She and other passers-by had been unable to reach the body without sinking into the mud, Mr MacDonald said.

A post-mortem examination found that Ms Class had been stamped on multiple times, strangled to death, run over, and dragged along the ground.

The pathologist found that Ms Class had suffered broken ribs and multiple injuries to internal organs which meant she had probably been stamped on multiple times with a shod foot shortly before she died, Mr MacDonald said.

He found bruising on Ms Class' right arm which suggested she had been run over by a car shortly after she died and possibly dragged along the ground.

Her body was then dumped in the River Humber in an area at the bottom of Brickyard Lane, Mr MacDonald said.

Police later found Ms Class' knickers, tights and a shoe on Brickyard Lane, along with her blood.

Her body was found further along the river towards Hull.

Police found DNA in Ms Class' vagina which would later match that of Allen.

Nine months after Ms Class died, Allen was stopped by police on suspicion of drink-driving and his DNA was taken.

His DNA was found to match that found in Ms Class' body and he was arrested and charged with her murder.

Allen was tried for the murder of Ms Class in 2000 and was acquitted.

But the jury were told last Thursday that his acquittal was irrelevant and they would be hearing additional evidence about the alleged killing.

Mrs Grlakova (38) was reported missing in January 2019 following concerns from her family.

Her body was found on land just off Taylor's Lane in Parkgate in April 2019, following an extensive and widely-publicised police investigation.

Allen denies two counts of murder.

The trial continues.


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