Spalding

Woman accused of murdering partner after driving with him on bonnet

A woman murdered her partner after carrying him on the bonnet of their car along a rural road following an argument during a Sunday afternoon trip to a pub, a jury was told.

As previously reported, 46-year-old local man Kevin Nix was hit by a black Peugeot 307 on Common Drove near Ye Olde Bridge Inn in Crowland on the evening of Sunday, June 24.

Alison Skingsly, 43, drove out of the pub car park with Nix on the bonnet before continuing onto a rural road and across a river. She then came to a halt.

Nix fell from the car and was seriously hurt as a result of the incident. He died three days later from his injuries.

James Thomas, prosecuting, told the jury at Lincoln Crown Court the couple argued after Skingsly accused Nix of flirting with another woman in the pub.

“Alison Skingsly had been in a relationship with Kevin Nix since 2013.

“On Sunday June 24 2018 they went together to the Ye Olde Bridge Inn pub near Crowland. It was a location they had frequented on a number of occasions previously.

“Following an afternoon drinking at the pub an argument developed. This argument developed where the defendant Alison Skingsly got into the car and carried Kevin Nix on the bonnet of that car out of the pub car park.

“She turned right onto the road and then across the River Welland before bringing the vehicle to a deliberate stop causing Kevin Nix to be propelled from the vehicle.”

The prosecutor said that Nix had climbed onto the car bonnet in an attempt to stop Skingsly from driving off.

“Whilst his actions were perhaps ill-advised as regards his own safety his intentions were to try and stop Alison Skingsly from driving away while under the influence of alcohol.”

“He suffered injuries and he subsequently died from those on June 27.

“The prosecution say she intended to cause him serious harm when she acted in that way. Intending to cause serious harm to someone and causing their death is murder.”

After the incident Skingsly failed a breath test with the reading being 64 mgs of alcohol per 100 mls of breath compared to the legal limit of 35 mgs.

Alison Skingsly, 43, of Thames Road Spalding, denies the murder of Kevin Nix on June 27 2018 and an alternative charge of manslaughter.

Lincolnshire Police previously released a statement on behalf of Kevin’s family which read: “The whole family, and especially his three children, are devastated by the needless and untimely death of Kevin. He will be sorely missed by them, his work mates and friends.”

The trial continues.