Belfast Telegraph

Driver denies that he killed woman at bus station

By Paul Higgins

A bus driver has denied the manslaughter of a woman he allegedly knocked down and killed.

Standing in the dock of Craigavon Crown Court in a suit, 33-year-old James Johnston entered a not guilty plea to the manslaughter of Charlotte Linda Stewart.

Ms Stewart, who was 48 and from the Lisburn area, was struck in the grounds of the city's bus station in Smithfield Street on December 29, 2014 and died that day.

At the time, a Translink spokesperson said their thoughts and sympathies were with the family and friends of Ms Stewart and that the "distressed" bus driver would be given support by the transport company.

In court yesterday, prosecution and defence lawyers agreed there was a necessity for engineers' reports on the scene before a trial could start.

Johnston, from Killowen Grange in Lisburn, was freed on continuing bail. Judge Patrick Lynch QC listed the case for review later this month, but said the trial was unlikely to he heard until September.

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