Home   News   Article

Spalding woman convicted of manslaughter after death of partner following Crowland car tragedy


By Spalding Reporter


A woman who killed her partner when she braked sharply after driving along a country road with him clinging to the bonnet was today (Tuesday) convicted of manslaughter.

Alison Skingsly drove away from the car park of the Olde Bridge Inn at Crowland with Kevin Nix (46) holding on to the bonnet in an attempt to prevent her drink driving.

Skingsly, who had spent the afternoon at the pub drinking with Mr Nix, continued along a country road and over a bridge before stopping suddenly.

Kevin Nix (7449669)
Kevin Nix (7449669)

Mr Nix was thrown from the car and struck his head on the road. He suffered traumatic brain injuries and died three days later in hospital.

The jury at Lincoln Crown Court cleared Skingsly of murder but found her guilty of manslaughter.

Judge John Pini QC remanded her in custody to await sentence on a later date.

James Thomas, prosecuting, said: "Alison Skingsly had been in a relationship with Kevin Nix since 2013.

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

"That afternoon they travelled there in their Peugeot 307.

"Following an afternoon drinking at the pub an argument developed."

He said Skingsly accused Mr Nix with flirting with another woman and then stormed off into the pub's beer garden.

Minutes later she drove away with Mr Nix clinging to the bonnet only for him to then fall off.

Police arrived at the scene to find Mr Nix unconscious and bleeding from his head. Skingsly was arrested after she failed a breath test, producing a reading of 64mcgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath, putting her over the legal limit of 35mcgs.

Skingsly, in evidence, said she never intended to injure Mr Nix. She claimed she braked sharply and he was thrown off.

She said she feared she would be assaulted by Mr Nix and told the jury he hit her when they were in the beer garden.

"I was very frightened. I thought he was going to come out and hit me again. He looked really angry. I just wanted to get away from him," she said.

Alison Skingsly (43), of Thames Road, Spalding, denied the murder of Kevin Nix on June 27, 2018 and an alternative charge of manslaughter. During her trial she appeared by video link from Peterborough Prison where she has been held in custody. The jury was told she has a serious back condition which prevented her from travelling.

PREVIOUSLY (Tuesday, March 5): A woman accused of murdering her partner after driving for nearly 200 metres with him on the bonnet of her car today (Wednesday) told a jury that she had not intended to harm him.

Alison Skingsly, giving evidence to the jury at Lincoln Crown Court, said she had earlier argued with Kevin Nix after he flirted with another woman while they were drinking at Ye Olde Bridge Inn at Crowland.

She said she walked off to another part of the pub but when Mr Nix came over to her she left and went into the beer garden.

"I just sat there to calm down. Not long after he came out and hit me on the left side of my head. It was hard enough to give me a headache and a throbbing pain."

Skingsly said that moments later Mr Nix spoke to her. She told the jury: "He started shouting at me. He was asking me for the car keys. I said 'No, you're not having them because you're drunk'. Then he said something like 'You're not having any more of my money.'

"I was very frightened. I thought he was going to come out and hit me again. I thought it was time to get up and get away from him."

Skingsly said she then got into her car and planned to drive into Crowland where she intended to get someone to pick her up.

"I thought I was driving normal. I didn't feel drunk. I didn't even feel tipsy. If I had done I wouldn't have got in the car.

"I just intended to get away because I was so scared.

"I don't think he wanted me to drive away and leave him there. He climbed on the bonnet and then I started to drive towards the exit very slowly. He looked really angry. I just wanted to get away from him."

An air ambulance arives at the incident (7501651)
An air ambulance arives at the incident (7501651)

She said she drove slowly out of the pub car park and onto the road. After she drove over a bridge she said that Mr Nix shouted at her to stop.

Skingsly said the car had new brakes and she stopped sharply and Mr Nix fell off. The jury has heard that he suffered serious head injuries and died three days later after being air-lifted to a hospital in Coventry.

She was asked: "Did you intend to cause any harm to Kevin?" and replied: "No, no."

Skingsly said that she had been hit previously by Mr Nix and on one occasion was taken to hospital after he struck her. "He'd have a drink and punch me," she said.

The prosecution say that Mr 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 64mcgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath compared to the legal limit of 35mcgs.

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

The trial continues.

Police at the scene (7501649)
Police at the scene (7501649)

UPDATE (MONDAY): A woman accused of murdering her partner after driving for nearly 200 metres with him on the bonnet of their car had discussed marriage with him just weeks earlier, a jury was told today (Thursday).

Alison Skingsly exchanged text messages with Kevin Nix in which she talked about getting married, the jury heard.

James Thomas, prosecuting, read out a series of texts between the couple to the jury at Lincoln Crown Court.

In an exchange Skingsly messaged Mr Nix saying: "Can we talk wedding yet". He replied: "Marriage between us?"

Skingsly sent a message back saying: "Who else?"

The messages were sent on June 1, 2018 - 26 days before Mr Nix died following an argument between the couple at Ye Olde Bridge Inn at Crowland.

Mr Thomas said the pair had previously exchanged other texts where they also discussed marriage.

The jury has heard that when she was arrested Skingsly complained she had been assaulted by Mr Nix while they were at the pub and she was driving off for her own safety.

She accused him of being "a wife beater".

During an interview carried out by police following her arrest and read to the jury she told officers: "I shouldn't have been driving but did it for my own safety."

She said she was intending to drive to the home of her former husband in Crowland after he had agreed to give her a lift home.

The jury has been told that as Skingsly drove through the pub car park Mr Nix climbed onto the bonnet to stop her.

She continued along the road with him still on the car and over a bridge before stopping. Mr Nix landed on the ground, suffering serious head injuries. He died three days later.

The prosecution say that Mr 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 64mcgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath compared to the legal limit of 35mgs.

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

  • The trial continues tomorrow (Wednesday) when the defence case is due to start.

PREVIOUSLY (THURSDAY): A woman accused of the murder of her partner following a pub argument was today (Thursday) 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.

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

Mr Wharton said: "She said something. It wasn't very nice. Then she came running across and sat in the corner, wailing away. Her demeanour was just manic, making lots of high-pitched noise and screams.

"She was screaming at Kev (Mr Nix). It was mostly profanities. It was a bit like a kid having a tantrum."

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

She was screaming at Kev. It was mostly profanities.It was a bit like a kid having a tantrum

"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. Mr Nix landed on the ground, suffering serious head injuries. He died three days later.

The prosecution say that Mr 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.

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

  • The trial continues.

PREVIOUSLY (WEDNESDAY): A pub landlord today (Wednesday) told a murder trial jury that he was left "gobsmacked" after a customer drove off with her partner on the bonnet.

Kevin McGlen, landlord of Ye Olde Bridge Inn at Crowland, said that the driver Alison Skingsly had earlier been involved in an argument with her partner Kevin Nix while the couple were in the pub.

He told the jury at Lincoln Crown Court that he heard raised voices between the two and Skingsly said: "I don't want to sit with you".

Mr McGlen said: "She just left and walked into the pub garden. They were obviously having a barney at that point. She meant it."

He said he also heard Skingsly say to another woman in the pub: "You can have him".

Mr McGlen said that later Skingsly got into her car and turned it around in the car park.

"The next thing I saw was that Kevin was standing in the way of the car. She got really close to him and he banged his hands on the bonnet.

"She stopped in front of him. There was some shouting going on. Alison tried to go round him.

"At that point I spoke to someone. By the time I looked back Kevin was on the bonnet. I was gobsmacked.

"I was fully expecting the car to stop and Kevin to get off but it didn't.

"Once he was on the bonnet she left the car park very quickly. She pulled out without stopping and turned right.

"I just saw Kevin on the car with her going up the road. Then I lost sight."

He said he left the pub and went to assist his wife Lesley and their work colleague Lynn Wharton in dealing with the situation. He said that he then saw Kevin Nix lying on the ground.

"He was laying there with blood all over the road. Les was on the phone to the ambulance."

The prosecution say that Mr 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 Kevin Nix on June 27, 2018 and an alternative charge of manslaughter.

The trial continues.

PREVIOUSLY (TUESDAY): A dad-of-three died days after he was thrown from the bonnet of his partner's car after he had climbed on it to stop her drink driving, a court has heard today (Tuesday).

Prosecutors say Alison Skingsly (43) murdered Kevin Nix (46) after driving out of a Crowland pub car park with him on the bonnet and continuing onto a rural road and across a river before coming to a halt.

Mr 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 Mr 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.

Intending to cause serious harm to someone and causing their death is murder

"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, turning 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 Mr 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 64mgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath compared to the legal limit of 35mgs.

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

  • The trial continues.

Previously...

Family tributes and initial reports



COMMENTS
()


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More