Lauren Malt murder trial: Witness describes father Nigel Malt's demeanour after running daughter over in West Winch
A witness who saw Lauren Malt being run over by her father described his demeanour on that evening.
In police interview the day after the tragedy in West Winch, Leete Way resident Stephanie Wilkinson said Nigel Malt had deliberately reversed at speed after slowly driving forward.
“He just stopped and whacked it in reverse straight away,” she said, in evidence heard at Norwich Crown Court today.
“It wasn’t as if he was trying to turn around or backing up a little bit – it was too fast for that.
“He hit her. There was blood everywhere.”
Mrs Wilkinson said she thought she remembered trying to speak to 19-year-old Lauren, who was making no noise and there was no sign of life.
She told the detective that 44-year-old Malt, of Lynn, was then out of the car and kept saying it was his daughter.
“I said ‘I know she’s your daughter – and you’ve just ****ing killed her',” said Mrs Wilkinson.
“He tried to pick her up. He kept saying ‘help me, help me get her in the car’.
“I said ‘F off – just wait for the ambulance’.
“I knew she was dead, you could see she was dead.”
The trial heard the witness say Malt “slung” his daughter in the front passenger seat of the Mercedes.
“I said ‘at least put her in the back of the car if you’re going to take her’ but, no, he just shoved her in the front,” said Mrs Wilkinson.
A family friend, Ronnie Howard, told a detective in interview that, a few minutes earlier on the night of January 23, he was at the Wilkinsons’ house and heard a commotion outside.
He said: “It wasn’t normal shouting. It was like violent shouting.
“We saw Lauren run and shout at her dad ‘go away, leave us alone'.”
It comes after Lauren's boyfriend Arthur Marnell gave evidence earlier on today, on the third day of the case being heard at Norwich Crown Court.
Malt, 44, of Lynn Road, Lynn, denies murder. The trial continues on Thursday, July 7.