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Solider denies killing friend by driving carelessly in Ballynahinch

By Paul Higgins

Published 11/03/2016

Daniel Graham outside court yesterday where he was ordered to stand trial accused of killing a fellow soldier in a car crash
Daniel Graham outside court yesterday where he was ordered to stand trial accused of killing a fellow soldier in a car crash

A soldier is to stand trial accused of killing his friend by careless driving after he denied the charge today.

Standing in the dock of Craigavon Crown Court, 22-year-old Daniel Graham pleaded not guilty to a single count of causing the death of Alan Monteith by driving carelessly on the Carryduff Road in Ballynahinch on 16 August 2013.

The charge arises as a result of a one vehicle road traffic accident on the main road between Carryduff and Ballynahinch which caused fatal injuries to 32-year-old Mr Monteith.

In court on Friday defence solicitor advocate Denis Maloney said Graham, with an address at Ballykinler Army Camp, had returned from England to face the court.

Releasing the soldier on continuing bail, His Honour Judge Kinney said he would review the case next month ahead of the trial, set to be heard in early June.

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