Belfast Telegraph

Co Antrim firm G&J Crothers to face trial over man's death

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Co Antrim company is to stand trial next year for causing the death of a father-of-two last year.

G&J Crothers - based at Tildarg Road in Doagh - has been charged with the corporate manslaughter of father-of-two Michael Beston on July 6, 2013.

James Crothers, who along with his father is a partner in the company, appeared in dock of Belfast Crown Court as a representative of the firm for the arraignment hearing.

On behalf of the company, he pleaded not guilty to a single charge of corporate manslaughter.

The charge read that the company was accused of "causing the death of Michael Beston".

Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland set the trial for March 2015.

Mr Beston was a married father-of-two and a member of the Orange Order.

Under corporate manslaughter laws companies can be prosecuted as a result of allegations of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.

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