A NORTH East mum made an emotional return to the scene of her daughter’s brutal murder 21 years ago today.
Surrounded and supported by her family, Sharon Henderson, the mum of Nikki Allan relived her torment as she renewed her vow to “find my little girl’s killer”.
Today, hopes are higher than ever that Sunderland’s longest-running child murder case will finally be solved.
Sharon, 48, said she felt “sick to the stomach” as she stood outside the building.
“It was so emotional, I felt ill,” she added.
About 100 people from across the country joined Sharon yesterday as they held a vigil in memory of Nikki on the eve of the anniversary of her tragic death, with the group walking together to the site of graffiti, which has been painted on a wall in nearby Nile Street in support of their fight.
The murder of seven-year-old Nikki on October 7, 1992, sent shockwaves around the city.
Twenty-one years on, the spotlight is back on the case after a recent Crimewatch reconstruction of Nikki’s final minutes was broadcast to millions across the UK.
Northumbria Police are hopeful that, following the TV programme, a vital breakthrough in the case can be achieved at last.
Nikki’s body was found in the then-derelict Old Exchange Building, near to her family home at Wear Garth. She had been beaten and stabbed 37 times.
Back at the building, Sharon said: “I’m tormented and just feel so emotional at the minute; I’m struggling to cope with everything that’s going on.
“It’s been 21 years of heartache, 21 years of fighting and grieving and battling for justice.
“I usually go to the cemetery each year but this year I just can’t. Too much has happened.”
A CID team are now working on the case.
Supporting Sharon through today are daughters Stacey, 29, Zoe, 24, and Naomi, 22.
Police are appealing for information from people who used the Exchange Building back in 1992.