Father, 44, accused of running over his teenage daughter, 19, in Norfolk cul-de-sac home appears in court charged with her murder
A man accused of murdering his teenage daughter in a Norfolk cul-de-sac at the weekend appeared in court today.
Nigel Malt, 44, allegedly hit his daughter Lauren Malt with his car near a play area in West Winch, near Kings Lynn.
The tragedy is believed to have happened around 50 yards from the home of the 19-year-old’s grandmother in Leete Way.
Malt spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth when he appeared wearing a red, white and black tracksuit top in a four minute hearing before Norwich Magistrates’ Court.
He walked with a pronounced limp when he entered the dock after the court clerk stated that he had ‘limited mobility’.
Malt was not asked to enter a plea after he was told he had been charged with the murder of Lauren on Sunday. He was remanded in custody to next appear before a judge tomorrow at Norwich Crown Court.
Nigel Malt allegedly hit his daughter Lauren Malt (pictured) with his car near a play area in West Winch near Kings Lynn on Sunday night
Police called to reports of a disturbance in the road and a teenager being hit by a car just before 7.30pm. Miss Malt was pronounced dead soon after she arrived at the hospital
The incident happened near a play area in West Winch, near Kings Lynn on Sunday evening
His defence solicitor Michael Cole described today’s hearing as ‘just a formality’. Mr Cole added: ‘There are 46 pages of disclosure, but we are waiting for an awful lot more.’
Norfolk Police said they were called to reports of a disturbance in Leete Way and a teenager being hit by a car just before 7.30pm on Sunday.
Miss Malt was pronounced dead soon after she arrived at the 515-bed hospital.
Her father was initially arrested at the hospital on suspicion of murder, drink-driving and causing death by dangerous driving.
Malt was charged last night after being questioned at the Police Investigation Centre in King’s Lynn.
Norfolk Police sad a Home Office post-mortem examination established her preliminary cause of death as chest and abdominal injuries.
Houses on Leete Way, Norfolk (pictured) are worth around £180,000 and detached properties can sell for an average of £250,000
Norfolk Police said a Home Office post-mortem examination established Miss Malt’s preliminary cause of death as chest and abdominal injuries
The teenager’s friends have paid tribute to her on Facebook post, with one writing: ‘You my dear angel meant the world to me and I’m so sorry you’re gone. I can’t quite get my head around it.
‘My rock. My little bean. My best friend. We had so many plans, but now we’re apart. I will miss you every waking moment my love.’
A second friend wrote: ‘She was funny and nice and pretty. I will miss her so much.’
One described her as ‘such a lovely polite girl’, while another added: ‘She had a heart of gold. Fly high my angel.’
Another friend said: ‘She truly was one of a kind and will be missed by so many – such a wonderful caring young person taken from us too soon. My heart goes to her family xx’.
Houses on Leete Way, Norfolk are worth around £180,000 and detached properties can sell for an average of £250,000.