Amelia Arnold Murder Trial: Accused 'pushed girlfriend and buggy in the road', court told
PUBLISHED: 17:10 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 17:10 08 July 2013
THE man accused of murdering his former girlfriend pushed his young daughter into a road, a court heard.
Elaine Littlechild told a jury that Jack Wall had injured his daughter Lexi after an argument with former partner Amelia Arnold.
Mrs Littlechild held back tears as she recounted what she was told the weekend before the 19-year-old former Welwyn Garden City schoolgirl’s death.
Giving evidence at Blackfriars Crown Court, in London, Mrs Littlechild, said: “She told me that one time she was walking to the shops and Jack had asked her for some money, I think it was £20, which she needed to buy food and nappies and other stuff for the baby.
“The purse was in the hood of the buggy and he got physical, trying to get the buggy to get the purse.
“She (Amelia) struggled and ended up getting pushed on the road and the buggy went with her.
“I noticed there were scratches on the buggy where the buggy had hit the road and she showed me the marks on Lexi’s cheek.
“Jack shouted at her (Miss Arnold), and said to her to stop making a scene and to get up.”
Mrs Littlechild told the court that Wall, 22, was still demanding money as they approached the shops and phoned his brother to ask him to “sort her out”. After further threats, Miss Arnold handed over the money.
“She told me she just felt scared and anxious all of the time not knowing what was going to happen and what Jack might do,” said Mrs Littlechild, who added that Miss Arnold had also told her that Wall had struck her in her ear, causing hearing problems.
Wall, who admits manslaughter but denies murder, lived with Miss Arnold in Hadrian’s Walk, Stevenage prior to her death in November last year.
The teenager’s body was discovered in woodland in Travellers Lane, Hatfield and Wall later handed himself into police.
The trial continues.