A bloke who was run over by his girlfriend had "clicked" with another woman at a party just hours before, a court has heard.

Alice Wood, 23, is accused of murdering her boyfriend Ryan Watson, 24, near their home in Rode Heath, Cheshire, last year. Today (Tuesday, December 5) Chester Crown Court heard from party guests who had been with the couple earlier that evening.

They had been at a 60th birthday bash for a service user of the Headway brain injury charity, where Mr Watson worked as a support worker, the court heard. Tiffany Ferriday, who attended the party with her mum sat at a table with Mr Watson and Wood. She described Mr Watson, whom she had met a few times before, as "very happy", "jolly" and "bubbly".

She told the court: "Ryan was the light of the table. He was dancing with us all, he was involving everyone. Alice didn't really seem to get involved." Miss Ferriday confirmed to the court that she and Mr Watson had "clicked" and agreed Wood was "pretty much left out" of the conversation.

She said that at one point, Wood told Mr Watson: "Watch what you're drinking." Miss Ferriday said she felt like she was "getting stared at" by Wood for much of the night. In cross-examination, Miss Ferriday agreed she thought Wood was staring at her because of the way she and Mr Watson behaved with each other. Gudrun Young KC, defending, suggested she could "perhaps hardly blame her".

The court heard Miss Ferriday left the party before Mr Watson and Wood but shortly after 11pm received three missed calls from an Instagram account called Ry, which she later learned was Mr Watson's account.

The witness, who broke down in tears at points during her evidence, said she tried to ring back but that there was no answer and she sent a message saying "who's this?" In a statement which was read to the court, the couple's neighbour Elaine Abbott said that some time after 11pm she heard the footsteps of two people she believed to be Mr Watson and Wood returning to their home on Oak Street. She said: "I heard Ryan shout something like 'oh God, not this again'. I then heard footsteps walking away."

Rebecca Callister, who lives on Sandbach Road, told the court she was woken by the sound of metal crunching at about 11.30pm and when she looked out of the window, saw a man arguing with someone inside a car. She said she saw the car moving forwards towards the man. She added: "It looked like it was designed to intimidate and scare them a little bit."

The prosecution allege Wood "lost her temper" and killed Mr Watson, hitting him with her Ford Fiesta and driving 158 metres with him underneath the car.

She denies murder and the trial continues.

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