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Girlfriend, 23, ran over and killed her partner, 24, in a ‘game of chicken’ having ‘lost her temper’ in a row after a party – then told police ‘it’s fine, I deserve it’ when she was arrested for his murder, court hears


A woman killed her boyfriend when she ‘lost her temper’ in an argument after a party and ran him over, a court has been told.

Alice Wood, 23, is accused of murdering Ryan Watson, 24, outside their home in Rode Heath, Cheshire, on May 6 last year. 

When police arrived, Wood was arrested and told an officer: ‘It’s fine, I deserve it’, a trial at Chester Crown Court was told.

Earlier that night, the couple had been to a birthday party in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, for a user of the Headway brain injury charity, where Mr Watson was a support worker. 

Andrew Ford KC, prosecuting, said the couple argued as Ms Wood drove Mr Watson’s Fiat Punto back to their home in Oak Street, Rode Heath, at the end of the party. As he got out of the car in anger, she drove directly into him twice, carrying him under the car for more than 150 metres with the second attempt, the court was told.   

Alice Wood, 23, is accused of murdering Ryan Watson, 24, outside their home in Rode Heath, Cheshire, on May 6 last year

Alice Wood, 23, is accused of murdering Ryan Watson, 24, outside their home in Rode Heath, Cheshire, on May 6 last year

Guests at the party said that while Mr Watson (pictured) 'worked the room', Wood acted 'a bit cold' and as if she 'wasn't best pleased', Mr Ford said

Guests at the party said that while Mr Watson (pictured) ‘worked the room’, Wood acted ‘a bit cold’ and as if she ‘wasn’t best pleased’, Mr Ford said

Andrew Ford KC, prosecuting, said: ‘Ryan Watson was caught on camera having a good time, being a gregarious and outgoing party guest, having fun and dancing.’ 

Guests at the party said that while Mr Watson ‘worked the room’, Wood acted ‘a bit cold’ and as if she ‘wasn’t best pleased’, Mr Ford said.

When they left the party, Wood drove the couple back and parked on a concrete area behind her car, a black Ford Fiesta, the court was told. 

Mr Ford said: ‘Whilst deeply serious and tragic, we say this is a simple case.

‘She lost her temper, had an argument with her boyfriend when they were in drink, in a motorcar.

‘Things became fraught, he got out, kicked a door, and she lost her cool and used the car as a weapon.’

As Mr Watson got out, Ms Wood reversed towards him and almost hitting him, before driving it backwards and forwards in what one witness described as a ‘game of chicken’, Mr Ford said. 

Mr Watson walked away and stood in front of parked cars but Wood drove directly into him, turning off the carriageway to hit him, the court was told. 

He was knocked on to the bonnet of her car but was able to stand, the jury was told. 

Mr Ford said: ‘She drove straight into Ryan Watson for the second time, head on.

‘This time he did not go over the bonnet – she knocked him clean over, under the vehicle’s front end.’

Ms Wood said she had drunk two glasses of white wine, two rums and a glass of champagne and was found to have 61 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, compared to the legal limit of 35, on the night in question

Ms Wood said she had drunk two glasses of white wine, two rums and a glass of champagne and was found to have 61 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, compared to the legal limit of 35, on the night in question 

Staff in the nearby Jade Garden Chinese takeaway described hearing a ‘life-threatening scream’, the court was told.

At about 11.30pm, Ms Wood knocked on the door of Theresa Colborne, who lived close to where she had stopped the car, and said: ‘Please phone an ambulance. I think I’ve ran over my boyfriend,’ the court heard. 

Ms Wood said she had drunk two glasses of white wine, two rums and a glass of champagne and was found to have 61 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, compared to the legal limit of 35. 

Wood, with long blonde hair tied in a ponytail, wiped her face with a tissue at points as the case was opened. She denies murder.

The trial is due to last for three weeks. 



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