Dominic Wallis and Elizabeth Ellis were both found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court today (Thursday 8 February) of the murder of 27 year-old Dionne Clark in Nuneaton last year.
Elizabeth Ellis Dominic Wallis
Kingsley Wallis Karen Wallis
Karen Wallis, 28, of Dryden Close, Nuneaton and Ellis, 20, of Skey Drive, Nuneaton, will be sentenced on Monday (12 February).
Detectives began an investigation after the death of Dionne Clark was reported to police on June 17 2017. Her body was found at a Dominic Wallis’ home in Cornish Close, Nuneaton. It was later established she had almost 70 individual injuries to her face and body.
Dominic Wallis and Elizabeth Ellis, who were friends with Dionne, were charged with her murder.
Dominic Wallis’ parents, Kingsley Wallis, 55, and Karen Wallis, 59, were also charged with perverting the course of justice. They were also found guilty today.
Detective Chief Inspector Pete Hill, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: “The circumstances surrounding how Dionne Clark was murdered were truly horrific, she was beaten repeatedly to her head, face and body.
“After being arrested Dominic Wallis and Elizabeth Ellis lied to police, trying to cover their tracks and separate themselves from any involvement, they have shown no remorse for their actions and denied their guilt throughout.
“Through a combination of forensics and telecoms work and the diligent work of my investigation team, we were able to build a significant case against all defendants.
“My thoughts are with Dionne’s family who have been present throughout the trial. They have shown such courage and dignity throughout all of the lengthy proceedings. I hope the verdicts provide at least some comfort to them.”
Statement from Dionne’s family
We have no words to describe how these two people have caused us to feel. They took our Dionne in such a brutal way and that loss is unbearable. They have denied her children the love and support of their mum and denied Dionne the chance to see her nieces and nephews grow. Our hearts are broken at the thought that we will never see her again.
However, they can never take away the memories of our caring, kind, funny girl. These memories will keep us strong through the dark times ahead.
Dionne was a beautiful daughter, a fantastic mother and a great sister. She was sensitive, caring and compassionate and would think nothing of going out of her way to help others. She touched so many people’s lives in a positive way.
Words cannot express what her loss means to all her family and friends – we remain heartbroken and totally devastated.
We would like to thank all those that have supported the family and helped bring the successful prosecution. We now ask that the media respect our privacy going forward as we will be giving no further comment.