Father who twice ran over his daughter’s body has been jailed for life for her murder

Father who twice ran over his daughter’s body has been jailed for life for her murder

Nigel Malt, 45, has been jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 18 years for the murder of his daughter (Norfolk Police/PA) (PA Media)

Nigel Malt, 45, has been jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 18 years for the murder of his daughter (Norfolk Police/PA) (PA Media)

A father who murdered his daughter by twice running over her body with his car after she tried to protect her girlfriend has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years.

Nigel Malt, 45, backed his car over his 19-year-old daughter Lauren Malt in West Winch, Norfolk, then stopped and drove over her body on January 23 this year, after he threatened her girlfriend with a crowbar.

Afterwards, the defendant put his daughter’s body in the passenger side of his Mercedes and drove to the store where the girl’s mother, his estranged wife Karen Malt, worked.

Malt was estranged from both his wife and children, and he lived separately at another address.

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

Karen Malt, who fought back tears as she read the victim impact statement at Norwich Crown Court, said: “I remember the conversation saying ‘I want to take your daughter, she’s dead’.

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

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

But when his car arrived and she looked inside the passenger door “a sense of dread began to come over me”.

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

“She was stuffed in the footwell.

“I saw her face and felt sick.

“I couldn’t believe she had been stuffed down there.

“Seeing her in that position for me was worse than knowing she had been run over.”

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

“I cannot fathom how a parent could kill their own child,” she said.

“How do you forgive?”

She said she will “forever remember that night and think about the ‘what ifs'”, including what if she had left the relationship earlier.

Malt ran over his daughter outside the home where she lived with her mother and younger siblings.

Lauren Malt was pronounced dead at the hospital in King’s Lynn, where the defendant took her.

Judge Anthony Bate said Malt used his car as a “deadly weapon in an alcohol-fuelled rampage on a residential street”.

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

The judge sentenced Malt to life in prison with a minimum term of 18 years, which is the time he must spend behind bars before he can be considered for release.

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

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

Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, previously told jurors that Malt argued with his daughter and threatened her boyfriend, Arthur Marnell, with a crowbar in Leete Way.

Malt, of Lynn Road, King’s Lynn, denied killing his daughter and claimed it was an accident, but was found guilty at an earlier trial.

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

Allison Summers KC, mitigating, said: “Had he not been drinking it is highly unlikely he would have behaved in the way he did.”

The judge instructed that the two charges of assault against Karen Malt will remain on file.

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