Killer James Allen's witness box grandstanding

The Northern Echo: NO EMOTION: James Allen on the Scarborough to Leeds Coastliner after carrying out the two killings NO EMOTION: James Allen on the Scarborough to Leeds Coastliner after carrying out the two killings

THROUGHOUT his trial James Allen showed a staggering disregard for the law but today it finally caught up with him when he was convicted of brutally killing two people.

Allen showed no remorse for his actions as the true devastation of his prolonged and violent assaults were read out in court.

And his angry outbursts and haranguing of witnesses, the prosecutor and the Judge, highlighted his contempt for proceedings during his three and a half week trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

The 36-year-old was sent from the dock on several occasions following one too many outbursts.

However, it was when he was giving evidence that he showed his true colours.

Allen even had the audacity to challenge the prosecutor in the case, Robert Smith, to show him some concrete evidence that he murdered Colin Dunford and he would change his plea to guilty.

During his evidence he boasted of his connections to the criminal fraternity and claimed he had served 11 years in 35 different prisons around the country.

The only pleasant thing he had to say throughout his evidence was about Mr Dunford who described as a friendly old man who would regularly lend him money.

However, he showed no emotion whatsoever when speaking about Ms Davison.

He said: “I have no empathy at all for Julie Davison, I had never met her before and I can’t remember ever speaking to her. I have no empathy for her at all. I just know she died in a horrific way.”

His grandstanding in the witness box did little to deter Mr Smith from getting under the skin of the defendant.

Allen regularly complained to the judge, Mr Justice Openshaw, that Mr Smith’s bored him and at one point threatened to throw a binder of evidence at the prosecutor if he asked one more question about his mother.

Throughout his cross-examination by Mr Smith, Allen relentlessly verbally abused the prosecutor calling him names such as a "little mug", "a divvy", "s***-face" and a "weapon".

Allen also complained that he was not getting back to prison in time to receive a hot meal and at one point refused to return to court after a note he had written was taken from him.

But his disregard for the justice system came to a staggering halt when when was convicted of the double murder.

When the jury announced its verdict Allen made no reaction whatsoever and the only sound came from the public gallery when someone simply cried: "Yes, yes".

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6:50pm Tue 20 Nov 12

vercingetorix says...

before the usual 'he'll be out in no time ' brigade start making their comments let me assure you ...he is never ever coming out , under any circumstances what so ever.....end of .
before the usual 'he'll be out in no time ' brigade start making their comments let me assure you ...he is never ever coming out , under any circumstances what so ever.....end of . vercingetorix

6:57pm Tue 20 Nov 12

jandarlo says...

vercingetorix wrote:
before the usual 'he'll be out in no time ' brigade start making their comments let me assure you ...he is never ever coming out , under any circumstances what so ever.....end of .
well said.....and thank god he wont be out. evil to the core.
[quote][p][bold]vercingetorix[/bold] wrote: before the usual 'he'll be out in no time ' brigade start making their comments let me assure you ...he is never ever coming out , under any circumstances what so ever.....end of .[/p][/quote]well said.....and thank god he wont be out. evil to the core. jandarlo

7:01pm Tue 20 Nov 12

AZZIZZ says...

Who knows, the appeals will be already in, lawyers on a good thing, under legal aid.

I wonder what his legal team think when they previously managed to get him released on bail, and the judge who allowed it.

They'll sleep well at night, their bank balances will help them no end!

Two dead and their families wrecked as a result of the ensuing murders, maybe they should share the blame!
Who knows, the appeals will be already in, lawyers on a good thing, under legal aid. I wonder what his legal team think when they previously managed to get him released on bail, and the judge who allowed it. They'll sleep well at night, their bank balances will help them no end! Two dead and their families wrecked as a result of the ensuing murders, maybe they should share the blame! AZZIZZ

7:32pm Tue 20 Nov 12

stevegg says...

Allen is a product of a society which rewards failure allowing him to live a 'life' (if you can call it that) at the taxpeyers expense on benefits, a product of our governments obsession with human rights which protects his rights above all else, a product of a failed justice system which treated him with kid gloves and would only sanction a truly meaningful sentance only after he had committed double murder. He has contributed zero to society but has taken everything from it, thanks to our societies and justices softly softly approach he has been given chance after chance and was a time bomb waiting to happen - the scary part is there are tens of thousands more out there at large just like him who are living their chaotic meaningless, shambolic lives as parasites making everyone elses a misery around them. I know what should be done with his kind but the law and our pathetically weak liberal society would never allow it as they are protected above all else - and so the descending spiral of our society continues. We are going to reap a heavy price for this appeasement and weakness in the decades coming.
Allen is a product of a society which rewards failure allowing him to live a 'life' (if you can call it that) at the taxpeyers expense on benefits, a product of our governments obsession with human rights which protects his rights above all else, a product of a failed justice system which treated him with kid gloves and would only sanction a truly meaningful sentance only after he had committed double murder. He has contributed zero to society but has taken everything from it, thanks to our societies and justices softly softly approach he has been given chance after chance and was a time bomb waiting to happen - the scary part is there are tens of thousands more out there at large just like him who are living their chaotic meaningless, shambolic lives as parasites making everyone elses a misery around them. I know what should be done with his kind but the law and our pathetically weak liberal society would never allow it as they are protected above all else - and so the descending spiral of our society continues. We are going to reap a heavy price for this appeasement and weakness in the decades coming. stevegg

7:52pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Daza says...

I disagree with hanging in this case!

That piece of garbage needs to suffer for every second he is in there!

I hope he enjoys it in his 50 and 60s when the weather is nice outside and he knows he will never see it again !

Hope he gets filled in several times inside as well! He won't be mocking the legal system then will he!
I disagree with hanging in this case! That piece of garbage needs to suffer for every second he is in there! I hope he enjoys it in his 50 and 60s when the weather is nice outside and he knows he will never see it again ! Hope he gets filled in several times inside as well! He won't be mocking the legal system then will he! Daza

8:39pm Tue 20 Nov 12

AZZIZZ says...

He will, everytime he gets a clout, his team will submit a compensation claim... and make him wealthy (and them too).

Legal aid. a double whammy!
He will, everytime he gets a clout, his team will submit a compensation claim... and make him wealthy (and them too). Legal aid. a double whammy! AZZIZZ

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