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Jury hears Nigel Malt 'drove over daughter Lauren Malt twice' in tragic West Winch murder case

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A murder trial jury has seen and heard harrowing footage of what is said to be a Lynn father “deliberately” running over his daughter twice in a car.

Nigel Malt is accused of using the Mercedes as a “lethal weapon” against 19-year-old Lauren on Janaury 23.

The prosecution says the 44-year-old, who denies murder, was enraged and reversing at speed as he first knocked down Lauren in Leete Way, West Winch, and then carried on to drive over her body.

Lauren Malt (57648579)
Lauren Malt (57648579)

He is then said to have driven forward over Lauren again before coming to a stop yards away.

In phone audio footage played during the opening of the case at Norwich Crown Court on Thursday, Lauren could be heard groaning as she suffered traumatic injuries from which she later died.

The jury was told by prosecutor Andrew Jackson that a neighbour rushed to the scene and urged Malt not to move his daughter but he ignored her and bundled Lauren into the front seat of the car.

Mr Jackson said: “She was unconscious with her breast bone, ribs and spine broken and because of the injury to her liver she was effectively bleeding to death.

“Someone is heard to say ‘you’ve killed her, you’ve ****ing killed her!’

“And the defendant’s response was ‘don’t get the police.’”

The trial was told that Malt was saying: “Lauren, get up, get up please.”

Mr Jackson said: “Having put Lauren into the front passenger seat of his car, he then drove her to his wife Karen at the convenience store in West Winch (where she was working).

“On the way he phoned Karen, telling her that his daughter was dead, that he had run over her and that he was bringing [Lauren] to her.”

Lauren Malt, 19 tragically died last Sunday (54514143)
Lauren Malt, 19 tragically died last Sunday (54514143)

In CCTV footage from the shop, Malt is seen arriving and his estranged wife opens the passenger door to tend to their daughter.

“The prosecution say that Karen Malt, in some desperation you may think, is trying to provide some comfort to Lauren,” said Mr Jackson. “And the defendant, as he made clear at the scene when he left, is maintaining control throughout, leaving to take [Lauren] to hospital.”

Malt, of Lynn Road, is said by the prosecution to have been aggrieved and angered at his wife leaving him in April 2021, taking Lauren and her siblings to a house in Leete Way.

Malt had assaulted his wife and been given a court order not to contact her or go to her workplace, said Mr Jackson, adding that the defendant did not take heed.

The jury was told that on the night Lauren died, she and her boyfriend Arthur Marnell, whom Malt did not like, were babysitting at home while Karen was at work.

Malt had been to the shop, then the house and back to the shop, making numerous unanswered calls to Lauren’s mobile and the landline, the trial heard.

The fatal incident happened when he returned to Leete Way once more at about 7.15pm.

Mr Jackson said: “He had tried to assault Lauren’s boyfriend with a crowbar, he had manoeuvred his car at speed reversing towards Lauren, and when Lauren had followed him away after that he had again deliberately reversed at her, knocking her to the ground, as was his intention, and running her over not once, but twice.

“All of that in the space of four minutes.”

The trial continues.

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