A theology student who murdered her boyfriend by mowing him down in her automotive following a row at a celebration has been advised by a choose that she is going to discover jail “exhausting” as she was jailed for all times.

Alice Wooden, 24, used her Ford Fiesta as a weapon to run over and kill her fiance, Ryan Watson, after accusing him of flirting with one other lady.

Mr Watson, 24, a assist employee on the mind damage charity Headway, was dragged greater than 500 ft beneath the automotive and died because of his accidents.

Wooden, who was in her remaining 12 months of a philosophy, ethics and theology diploma at Manchester College, had claimed it was an accident, however following a three-week trial at Chester Crown Courtroom, she was discovered responsible of homicide.

Jailing her for all times, a choose advised Wooden she must serve a minimal of 18 years earlier than she could be eligible to use for parole.

Choose Michael Leeming advised the defendant, who had been planning to finish a postgraduate diploma at Cambridge College: “Jail could also be exhausting for you, Alice Wooden, however you solely have your self responsible for the scenario you now end up in.”

Alice Wood arrives in handcuffs for sentencing at Chester Crown Court

Alice Wooden arrives in handcuffs for sentencing at Chester Crown Courtroom – Andrew Value for the Telegraph

Following the sentencing, Det Ins Nigel Parr mentioned: “The night time Ryan died, Wooden used her car as a weapon, whereas drunk, intentionally driving at him and even persevering with to drive after knocking him down.

“She knew what she had accomplished, however she refused to take accountability for her actions, forcing Ryan’s household to sit down via a trial and watch footage of his remaining moments.

“All through the trial Wooden proclaimed her innocence, however fortunately the jury noticed via her lies, and she or he was discovered responsible of Ryan’s homicide.

“Whereas nothing goes to convey Ryan again, I hope the sentence handed to Wooden will convey some sense of closure for his household, figuring out that justice has been served.

“Our ideas stay with Ryan’s household and mates at the moment.”

In an announcement, Ryan’s household mentioned: “We’re very grateful at present for the sentence handed to Alice by His Honour Choose Leeming for the homicide of our son Ryan.

“It offers us some consolation to know that she is the place she belongs. Sadly, it doesn’t convey Ryan house to us. He can be eternally missed by all our household and his mates.

“He was the sunshine of our lives. It’s such a tragedy what occurred to him, his life was lower brief. We thank everybody concerned who’ve helped to realize justice for Ryan.”

Wooden claimed her associate died in a “tragic accident” when he was hit by the Ford Fiesta she was driving close to their house in Rode Heath, Cheshire, at about 11.30pm on Could 6 2022.

However the jury rejected her account final month and unanimously discovered her responsible of homicide.

The trial heard the couple had spent the night at a celebration in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, with workers and repair customers of Headway.

Andrew Ford KC, prosecuting, mentioned that Mr Watson was seen on CCTV footage “having time, being a gregarious and outgoing get together visitor” whereas Wooden was described by one lady attending as “a bit chilly”.

Victim Ryan Watson

Sufferer Ryan Watson

Tiffany Ferriday, a celebration visitor, advised the courtroom that she and Mr Watson had “clicked” and Wooden was “just about ignored” of dialog.

However Wooden advised the courtroom that when she drove Mr Watson house from the get together in his automotive, regardless of figuring out she was over the drink-drive restrict, he “flipped” and accused her of flirting with different males.

The scholar described an argument which continued once they returned to the home they owned in Oak Road.

She advised the courtroom she went out to her automotive to depart however Mr Watson adopted.

Throughout his opening deal with, Mr Ford mentioned “she misplaced her mood” and “used the automotive as a weapon”.

CCTV footage confirmed Wooden reversing her Fiesta aggressively in Mr Watson’s course after which, on the defendant’s personal admission, she intentionally drove at him.

Mr Watson was thrown onto the bonnet of the car because the again of his head hit the windscreen earlier than he slid off and landed on his ft.

The choose didn’t settle for Wooden’s clarification that she solely meant to “scare” her fiance at that time.

He advised her: “You accelerated in direction of him, giving him no probability to maneuver away. Your intention was then to trigger him some hurt.”

The deadly impression got here when Wooden drove at Mr Watson once more as he fell underneath the chassis of her car and was dragged for a period of 21 seconds, the courtroom heard.

Lisa Watson, mother of victim Ryan Watson, speaks following the sentencing

Lisa Watson, mom of Ryan, speaks following the sentencing – Andrew Value for the Telegraph

The choose mentioned: “Within the warmth of the second and having did not injure him within the first strike, this time you made no mistake. I’m positive that there was an intent to kill.”

Choose Leeming continued: “Ryan Watson was susceptible. He was a pedestrian, he was holding his cell phone, he was standing on the pavement, he had been consuming.

“There was nothing he might do to keep away from the deadly act.

“To my thoughts you might have proven no true regret for Ryan’s homicide.”

In her sufferer impression assertion learn from the witness field, Mr Watson’s mom, Lisa, mentioned that her “world stopped” from the second she obtained a knock on her door to say her son had been killed.

She mentioned: “My household had been destroyed in an occasion and it harm much more listening to who had killed him.

“The one individual Ryan trusted essentially the most is the one that took his life in such a violent method.

“She has tarnished all of the recollections we now have over the previous few years.

“We took Alice into our household and her actions have confirmed how little she cared for Ryan.”

Choose Leeming mentioned it might be for the Parole Board to think about when, and if, it might be protected to launch her from custody.

Broaden your horizons with award-winning British journalism. Try The Telegraph free for 3 months with unlimited access to our award-winning website, exclusive app, money-saving offers and more.

Now Local weather Change on the Newsmaac


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here