Life sentence for Hull murderer

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Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by The News Editor

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A man from Hull has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering his fiancée.

Deland Allman, 52, of Halyard Croft, killed Christina Spillane, 51, in a room at the Ibis hotel in the city.

Her body was found on 1 February. She had been stabbed three times and strangled.

Mr Allman, who admitted killing Ms Spillane but denied murder at his trial last month, will serve a minimum of 22 years in jail. He claimed he was suffering from a mental impairment at the time of the killing.

The jury was told how Mr Allman killed his partner in a fit of anger after accusing her of having an affair with his cousin. It also heard he had regularly assaulted Ms Spillane in a violent relationship that stretched back more than 30 years.

Passing sentence at Hull Crown Court, Judge Jeremy Richardson described Mr Allman as a jealous and violent man.

He said he posed such a danger to society that he could not envisage a time when it would be safe to release him.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by The News Editor

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