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Man accused of prostitute murders 'fantasised about killing sex workers'

A man accused of two murders 21 years apart told a probation officer that he fantasised about hurting and killing sex workers, a court has heard.

Gary Allen, 47, is currently standing trial accused of the murders of Samantha Class in 1997 in Hull and Alena Grlakova in 2018.

Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court heard Allen had a 'strong dislike of sex workers', and both women had worked in the sex industry at the time of their deaths. 

Samantha's body was found by schoolchildren on the banks of the River Humber near North Ferriby. She had been beaten, strangled and run over.

Allen was later arrested and stood trial for her murder but was found not guilty.

Just a month later in Plymouth, where he was living at the time, he attacked two sex workers.

A court has heard Gary Allen, 47, who is accused of murdering two sex workers 21 years apart, told a probation officer that he fantasised about hurting and killing sex workers

Allen was seen by probation officer, Darren Fisher, in two meetings on December 17 and 18, 2003.

During the interviews, Mr Fisher says Allen claimed he fantasised about harming sex workers.

As he gave evidence from the witness box at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday, Mr Fisher said Allen told him he had these fantasies 'on a weekly basis.'

He said: 'He said he fantasised about restraining a woman he fantasised was a prostitute and says to her "I'm going to kill you, and hurt you. No one is ever going to see you".

'He fantasised about repeatedly beating the victim with a bat. That [his victims were prostitutes] was a persistent theme in his fantasies.

Gary Allen, 47, is currently standing trial accused of the murders of Samantha Class in 1997 in Hull and Alena Grlakova in 2018

'He told me that he had for many years had prostitutes in his abusive fantasies and when he came across them he immediately developed a fantasy of "what he'd do to them".'

Rosemary Parks says she saw Allen in a series of meetings in October 2002. She says he admitted to her that he planned and committed the attacks on the sex workers in Plymouth. She said that he targets sex workers as 'they go with anybody.'

Mr Fisher was cross-examined by Katherine Goddard who asked whether Mr Fisher had suggested the fantasies to Allen based on material he may have had from his interviews with Ms Parks.

She said: 'I have to suggest to you that during your meetings with him you made it clear to him that if he didn't co-operate with your meetings than he would likely be returned to prison for breaching his licence.'

Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court were told Allen was seen by two probation workers, following his conviction. During the interviews, probation officer Darren Fisher says Allen claimed he fantasised about harming sex workers 'on a weekly basis' and 'immediately developed a fantasy of "what he'd do to them".' Allen denies the charges

Mr Fisher dismissed the suggestion.

Ms Goddard added: 'You have told the jury that in discussion with him he told you some specific things and he said that in his fantasies he restrained a woman who was naked and he fantasised she was a prostitute and that he said he was going to kill and hurt them and that no one was going to see them again.

'What I suggest to you is that you were making these suggestions to him and he was simply going along with them.'

Mr Fisher said: 'My questions to him were based on material that I had and the offences he had committed as a man who had expressed violence.'

The officer said the things that were discussed had been disclosed to him by Allen.

The court heard that Allen told Mr Fisher he had committed the offences in Plymouth 'because he wanted to.' 

Mr Fisher said these were the words that 'came out of his mouth'. 

He added: 'The reason this is important is because sometimes people say their offending is down to alcohol or other people's actions.

'This is a man who said "This is my choice". The person is saying they have a responsibility for this offence.'

Allen denies murdering Ms Class in 1997 and Ms Grlakova in 2018.

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