Dad crushed teen daughter to death by running her over twice with his Mercedes

A dad was "totally consumed with anger" when he crushed his daughter to death with his black Mercedes.

Nigel Malt, 44, has been convicted of murder after reversing into 19-year-old Lauren Malt, knocking her to the ground and then running over her body.

The horror killing happened outside her home in West Winch, Norfolk, where she lived with her mum and younger siblings in January this year.

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Having crushed his daughter's head, arms, torso and legs, Malt hurled Lauren's body into the passenger seat of the same vehicle he used to kill her and drove her to a hospital in King's Lynn where she was pronounced dead.

Norwich Crown Court heard Malt, who was estranged from his wife and children, was living separately at a different address.

Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, earlier told jurors that Malt argued with Ms Malt and threatened her boyfriend, Arthur Marnell, with a crowbar before he "reversed his car into and knocked over his daughter".

Mr Jackson said: "Having knocked her to the ground he then reversed his car over her. He stopped, then he drove the car forward again over her body.

"These actions killed Lauren Malt, and later examination of her body revealed bruising, lacerations and crushing injuries to her head, torso, arms and legs."

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A post-mortem examination recorded that she died of significant traumatic injuries to her chest and abdomen.

Mr Jackson told the court: "Effectively she was crushed to death."

Malt, of King's Lynn, denied his daughter's murder, claiming it was an accident, but a jury found him guilty following a trial.

Mr Jackson said that after Malt "failed in his bid to inflict violence" on Ms Malt's boyfriend and she told him to go home "he was totally consumed with anger".

He added that the "estrangement from his wife and family no doubt fuelled his anger".

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Malt's wife, Karen Malt, had reported him to police in April 2021 for assaulting her, the prosecutor said, with the defendant arrested and bailed at the time.

Mr Jackson said that on the evening Lauren was killed, Malt went to the shop where his wife worked, drove to her home and made repeated phone calls.

He said: "The defendant's relationship with his family was broken and it was something he wasn't prepared to accept."

While at the shop where his wife was, he made 19 attempted calls to the landline of her home before driving there.

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Malt argued with his daughter and her boyfriend, Mr Marnell, and tried to assault Mr Marnell with a crowbar, Mr Jackson said.

Mr Marnell escaped unharmed.

After Malt ran over his daughter, he said "don't get the police".

Judge Anthony Bate adjourned the case for sentencing on a date to be fixed in August.


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