Hull man guilty of murdering fiancée


Published: Friday 19th June 2015 by The News Editor

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A jury has found a Hull man guilty of murdering his long-time partner.

Deland Allman strangled fiancée Christina Spillane and stabbed her three times in a city centre hotel on February 1.

Allman, 52, admitted manslaughter but denied murder, telling Hull Crown Court’s jury that he was suffering from mental illness when the incident occurred.

The pair had been in a relationship for three decades before splitting up in January after Allman, from Halyard Croft, attempted to strangle the 51-year-old grandmother.

The jury heard that Spillane – who also went under the surname Randell – had continually been a victim of domestic abuse at Allman’s hands.

On the night of the killing, they booked in at the Ibis in an attempt to get back together. But she was attacked one final time after being accused of a relationship with Allman’s cousin.

Sex worker and drug user Ms Spillane was a victim of Allman’s jealousy, violence and desire to control, the court heard.

Allman’s defence team had argued he was suffering from schizophrenia when the murder happened.

A judge will sentence Allman on Wednesday, July 1.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Friday 19th June 2015 by The News Editor

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