Gary Allen found GUILTY of sex worker murders after trial in Sheffield

A man accused of killing two women two decades apart has been found guilty today.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 12:26 pm

Gary Allen, aged 47, of Bradbury’s Close, Parkgate, Rotherham, spent eight weeks on trial at Sheffield Crown Court over the murders of sex workers Alena Grlakova and Samantha Class.

Alena Grlakova, 38, disappeared on Boxing Day 2018 and her body was found four months later.

Samantha Class, 29, was killed in Hull in October 1997.

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Alena Grlakova was one of two women murdered by Gary Allen two decades apart
Alena Grlakova was one of two women murdered by Gary Allen two decades apart

Allen, who denied both murders, was tried over the murder of Samantha and acquitted in 2000 but went on trial again because of new evidence.

The bodies of both his victims were found in water – Samantha’s on the banks of the Humber Estuary and Alena’s in a stream in Parkgate, Rotherham.

He already has convictions for separate attacks on two other sex workers.

The judge in the case, Mr Justice Goose, told Allen he will be sentenced on Wednesday and warned him to prepare for a life sentence.

The trial heard that Allen told probation officers about his dislike of sex workers and women in general and he confessed that he murdered Samantha to an undercover police officer.

Allen strangled her, stamped on her and ran over her with his car before dumping her body in the River Humber, where she was found by children the following day.

The body mum-of-four Alena Grlakova was found naked in a stream in Rotherham in April 2019 after she was last seen on Boxing Day 2018, when she visited Allen at his flat.

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