Mother cries in mugshot as son she covered for is jailed for torturing and murdering friend

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Karen Wallis (left) cried in her mugshot after covering for son Dominic Wallace (right) over the murder of Dionne Clark (centre) (SWNS)

A pair of killers have been jailed for life after they tortured and murdered their friend, who was so badly beaten she had 69 separate injuries to her face and head.

Dominic Wallis, 28, and partner Elizabeth Ellis, 20, used duct tape and a TV cable to tie up 27-year-old Dionne Clark following an argument.

The warped pair also sprayed ammonia in Ms Clark’s eyes before beating her and leaving her to die in Wallis’ home in Nuneaton, Warks.

Elizabeth Ellis was also convicted of murdering Ms Clark (SWNS)
Ms Clark was beaten and left to die by Dominic Wallis and Elizabeth Ellis (SWNS)

The mum-of-four, from Nuneaton, was later found dead in the living room on June 17 last year with 69 injuries to her head, face and brain following the gruesome attack.

After a two-month trial, Wallis and Ellis were found guilty of murder at Birmingham Crown Court.

Wallis’ parents Kingsley, 55, and Karen, 59 – who was pictured sobbing in her mugshot photo – were also convicted of perverting the course of justice by the jury.

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Members of Ms Clark’s devastated family were seen sobbing as the verdicts were read out.

In a statement, they said: “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.

Wallis was convicted of perverting the course of justice (SWNS)
Kingsley Wallis was also convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice (SWNS)

“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.”

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Hill, of Warwickshire Police, said: “The circumstances surrounding how Dionne Clark was murdered were truly horrific, she was beaten repeatedly to her head, face and body.

Police arrive at the scene of the murder in Nuneaton in 2017 (SWNS)
Ms Clark was found dead in the living room of her home with 69 injuries to her head, face and brain (SWNS)

“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.”