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Charged: David Curry leaving Antrim Court yesterday

Charged: David Curry leaving Antrim Court yesterday

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Charged: David Curry leaving Antrim Court yesterday

An alleged drunk and disqualified driver is to stand trial accused of causing his partner's death by dangerous driving.

David Curry (58), who uses a Zimmer frame for mobility, was allowed to remain seated during a short preliminary enquiry held at Antrim Magistrates Court yesterday.

He was charged with causing the death of his partner, Maureen Beggs, and grievous bodily injury to 69-year-old Francis Cassells by driving dangerously on the Moira Road in Crumlin on November 18, 2013.

In addition Curry, from Lawnbrook Avenue in Belfast, was charged with causing death and GBI by careless driving while drunk, driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Ms Beggs, a 47-year-old grandmother and mother-of-two, died as a result of injuries she sustained when a silver Ford transit and a blue Ford Focus were in collision shortly after 10pm at the junction of the Moira Road and Ballydonaghy Road.

Although no facts of the case were opened, a prosecuting lawyer submitted that "on the basis of the papers before the court, there is a case to answer".

As Curry's defence solicitor had no contrary submissions, District Judge Alan White returned the case to the Crown Court for trial.

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Curry agreed that he was aware of the charges and although given the opportunity to either give evidence himself or call witnesses on his behalf, he declined to do either.

Releasing Curry on his own bail of £500, the judge ordered him to appear before the Crown Court on March 19 for arraignment.

Although he granted legal aid to include a defence barrister, the judge said he was "certainly not" extending legal aid to include a senior QC to be instructed.


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