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Nathania Simon spared jail over Warren Allen lies

Kelvin Easton
Image caption Kelvin Easton was murdered at the Boheme nightclub

A woman who lied to protect her ex-boyfriend, who was wanted on suspicion of murder, has been spared jail.

Nathania Simon, 24, had denied being in touch with Warren Allen following the fatal stabbing of Kelvin Easton at the Boheme nightclub in Bow, east London.

Mr Allen, 30, went on the run in March last year and was arrested in November. He was cleared of murder last month.

Simon was convicted of perverting the course of justice and given a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years.

Hotel stays

During their trial, the Old Bailey heard Mr Allen was arrested at the home of a relative of Simon in West Hanney, Oxfordshire.

The court was told he went on the run because he heard from other sources there were people looking for him.

Jurors were told Simon, from Huntly Road, South Norwood, spent nights with Mr Allen in hotels, including one in Brighton.

Arlette Piercy, defending Simon, said: "She understood that Warren Allen was in fear of his life as a result of events at the nightclub.

"She always said she thought he was not capable of murder."

Simon, who was also handed a supervision order, was a successful cook who had worked in the restaurants of famous chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White.

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