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Father is jailed for 18 years for murdering his 19-year-old daughter by running her over twice

Murderer Nigel Malt (right), victim Lauren, 19 (left) and Lauren's mother Karen (middle)

A father who murdered his daughter by crushing her body twice with his car has been jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 18 years.

Nigel Malt, 45, flipped his car over his 19-year-old daughter, Lauren Malt, at West Winch in Norfolk after trying to protect her boyfriend Arthur Marnell.

Malt backed up on Lauren, then stopped and advanced on her body on January 23 this year, after threatening his partner with a crowbar.

Then the accused put his daughter’s body in the passenger side of his Mercedes car and drove to the shop where the girl’s mother, his ex-wife Karen Malt, worked.

Malt was estranged from his wife and children and he was living separately at a different address.

At the time, he was out on bail awaiting trial on two counts of assaulting his wife in March and April 2021.

Karen Malt, fighting back tears as she read her victim impact statement at Norwich Crown Court, said: ‘I remember the call saying ‘I’m going to bring your daughter, she’s dead’.

“I was yelling at him ‘which one’ on the phone but he wouldn’t tell me.”

Murderer Nigel Malt (right), victim Lauren, 19 (left) and Lauren's mother Karen (middle)

Murderer Nigel Malt (right), victim Lauren, 19 (left) and Lauren’s mother Karen (middle)

Malt backed up on Lauren, then stopped and advanced on her body on January 23 this year, after threatening his partner with a crowbar.

Malt backed up on Lauren, then stopped and advanced on her body on January 23 this year, after threatening his partner with a crowbar.

The Mercedes driven by Nigel Malt when he murdered his daughter Lauren Malt in Norfolk

The Mercedes driven by Nigel Malt when he murdered his daughter Lauren Malt in Norfolk

She said that when Malt said he was driving towards her, she thought her daughter “must be fine”.

But when her car arrived and she saw inside the passenger door “the feeling of dread began to overwhelm me”.

“I just knew she wasn’t going to make it,” Ms Malt said.

“She was stuffed into the floor. I saw his face and felt sick.

I couldn’t believe she had been stuffed there.

“Seeing her in that position to me was worse than knowing she had been crushed.”

She said she tried to move her daughter into the seat, without the help of the defendant.

“I can’t imagine how a parent could kill their own child,” she said.

Lauren Malt, 19, died in January after being hit by the car in Leete Way, West Winch, Norfolk

Lauren Malt, 19, died in January after being hit by the car in Leete Way, West Winch, Norfolk

Flowers left in Leete Way, West Winch, Norfolk, in memory of Lauren Malt, 19, earlier this year

Flowers left in Leete Way, West Winch, Norfolk, in memory of Lauren Malt, 19, earlier this year

‘How do you forgive?’

She said she would “forever remember that night and think about ‘what if,’ including if she had left the relationship sooner.”

Malt knocked her daughter down outside the house where she lived with her mother and younger siblings.

Lauren Malt was pronounced dead at King’s Lynn Hospital, where the accused took her.

Judge Anthony Bate said Malt used his car as “a lethal weapon in an alcohol-fueled rage on a residential street”.

He told Malt: “She (Lauren) should have been safe in the company of her father.”

The judge sentenced Malt to life in prison with a minimum sentence of 18 years, the amount of time he must serve behind bars before he can be released.

He said Malt had been tested by police at the time and had 170 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, more than the legal limit of 80 milligrams.

Malt, who had cropped gray hair and walked with a crutch, bowed his head for much of Wednesday’s hearing and showed no reaction when his sentence was read.

Prosecuting Andrew Jackson earlier told jurors that Malt got into a fight with his daughter and threatened her boyfriend, Arthur, with a crowbar at Leete Way.

Malt, of Lynn Road, King’s Lynn, denied murdering his daughter, saying it was an accident, but was found guilty following an earlier trial.

Mr Jackson said that after Malt ‘failed in his attempt to inflict violence’ on his daughter’s boyfriend and told him to go home, ‘he was totally consumed with anger’.

Mitigating Allison Summers KC said: “If he hadn’t been drinking, it’s very unlikely he would have behaved the way he did.”

The judge ordered that the two counts of assault against Karen Malt be placed on record.

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