Man murders good Samaritan retired good Samaritan who was friends with his father for 64 years

Jacob Trussler, 37, stabbed pensioner David Allen to death in his own home. Allen, a friend of Trussler’s father, had known the younger man all his life and helped him wherever he could

A mud inquiry was launched after Mr Allen's body was found at his home on Elgar Road in Reading
A mud inquiry was launched after Mr Allen’s body was found at his home on Elgar Road in Reading

A man who stabbed a Good Samaritan grandfather has been jailed for murder and faces a minimum of 20 years before he will be considered for parole.

Despite knowing him for most of his life, Jacob Trussler, 37, stabbed David Allen, 77, to death in his own kitchen, Reading Crown Court heard.

The victim Mr. Allen, also known as “Fishy”, was an old friend of Trussler’s father who had known him for 64 years, and helped Trussler wherever he could, giving him money and offering his helping hand.

Mr Allen’s body was found on his kitchen floor at his home in Elgar Road, Reading, after the attack on December 1, 2021.

David Allen’s body was found on his kitchen floor


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Jacob Trussler was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison


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Trussler attempted to plead self-defense but was found conclusively guilty by the jury.

After today’s sentencing, a spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: “Earlier in the day, Jacob Trussler, aged 37, of no fixed address, walked into David Allen’s home and stabbed him multiple times. He was arrested the next morning and charged with Mr. Allen’s murder.”

On May 27, after a trial at Reading Crown Court, Trussler was convicted of murder by a unanimous jury verdict. At today’s hearing in the same court, he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum sentence of 20 years.

Another picture shows the crime scene on Elgar Road


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Lead Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Mike Roddy, of Thames Valley Police’s Serious Crime Unit, said: “Today Jacob Trussler was held accountable and sentenced in the death of David Allen on December 1 last year.

“This incident had a devastating impact on Mr. Allen’s friends. As always, we strive to bring such offenders to justice and will tirelessly and resolutely pursue those who attempt to wreak such havoc in our society.”

After the sentencing, Mr. Allen’s family paid tribute to the victim, reports said BerkshireLive.

Pictures of the scene after the police opened the murder investigation


BerkshireLive – Hannah Roberts)

They said: “First of all, we are one big family who will never get over the loss of a father, grandfather and friend. A person within a close family from whom we had only received help and goodness.

“For us as a family, the loss of David is greater than any conviction. We will remember the good times, not what happened to him, and we will remember him every day as a family.

“David was taken too soon and in circumstances that we hope and pray no other family has to go through. The events since December have been unbearable but made it possible to move on due to the fantastic service provided by the police, ambulance and liaison officers to name a few.

“Based on the respect shown to us as a grieving family, we would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you who have been involved in this senseless situation. Thank you from all the Allen family.”

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