UK: Man kills two sex workers because he hates women

By Hanan Redwan Published on June 19, 2021
UK: Man kills two sex workers because he hates women

A man who attacked two Plymouth prostitutes has been found guilty of murdering two women 21 years apart.

Gary Allen, 47, killed mother-of-three Samantha Class in Hull in 1997 and mother-of-four Alena Grlakova in Rotherham in 2018, a jury has found.

Allen had a hatred of sex workers - as shown by his conviction for attacking the women in play mouth in between two murders.

Both Ms Class and Ms Grlakova had worked in the sex industry at the time of their deaths.

Allen, from Hull, had been cleared of the murder of Ms Class following a trial in 2000. Still, this acquittal was overturned in 2019 by the Court of Appeal after a range of new evidence was presented - including the murder of Ms Grlakova.

He was found guilty of murdering both women at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday by a jury deliberated for two days.

Police forces around the UK will now be asked to check on unsolved cases to ensure Allen - who has professed a deep-seated hatred for women and sex workers in particular - has not committed any further offences.

Prosecutors told Sheffield Crown Court that Allen had a deep-seated hatred of women and sex workers in particular - and was allowed to tell the jury about his convictions in Plymouth.

Allen moved to Plymouth after his first acquittal for Ms Class's murder and, within six weeks, had attacked two sex workers in the city.

 For which he was convicted, one of the incidents saw him push his hand into her mouth to stop her screaming. The other saw him put his arm around the woman's neck and squeeze her throat.

Allen lived in Wyndham Lane in a stone house at the time.

He was found guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm and indecent assault at Plymouth crown court and jailed for five and a half years in December 2000.

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