February 28, 2019 4.36 pm This story is over 57 months old

Woman accused of killing partner behaved “like a child”

A pub customer saw the argument unfold

A woman accused of the murder of her partner following a pub argument was described as behaving like a child having a tantrum in the minutes leading up to the fatal incident.

Alison Skingsly is alleged to have killed her partner Kevin Nix after carrying him on the bonnet of her car when he tried to stop her from driving away from Ye Olde Bridge Inn at Crowland where the couple had spent the afternoon drinking.

As previously reported, 46-year-old local man Nix was hit by a black Peugeot 307 on Common Drove near to the pub on the evening of Sunday, June 24.

Pub customer Mark Wharton told the jury at Lincoln Crown Court that Skingsly was drinking with Nix inside the pub when she suddenly jumped up and shouted at him.

Wharton said: “She said something. It wasn’t very nice. Then she came running across and sat in the corner wailing away.

“Her demeanor was just manic making lots of high-pitched noise and screams.

“She was screaming at Kev [Nix]. It was mostly profanities. It was a bit like a kid having a tantrum.”

Wharton said he later saw Skingsly drive off from the pub car park with Nix on the bonnet.

“He was hanging on to the lip of the bonnet. She just set off. She just put her foot down and went. She pulled straight out onto the road.”

The jury has been told that Skingsly drove along the road and over a bridge before stopping. Nix landed on the ground suffering serious head injuries. He died three days later.’

The couple who had been in a relationship since 2013 argued after Skingsly accused Nix of flirting with another woman in the pub.

A pub landlord told the jury earlier in the week that he was left “gob smacked” after a customer drove off with her partner on the bonnet.

The prosecution say that Nix climbed on the bonnet to prevent Skingsly driving as she was over the limit. Following her arrest she failed a breath test with the reading at 64mgs of alcohol per 100 mls of breath compared to the legal limit of 35 mgs.

Skingsly, 43, of Thames Road, Spalding, denies the murder of Nix and an alternative charge of manslaughter.

The trial continues.