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Woman to face trial over tot's road death


Natasha Irish outside Antrim Court

Natasha Irish outside Antrim Court

Natasha Irish outside Antrim Court

A WOMAN accused of killing her friend's baby girl in a car crash fought back tears in court as a date was set for her trial.

The one-year-old died shortly after the one-vehicle collision just outside Antrim in September 2012.

Natasha Irish, a former friend of the girl's mother, was accompanied by friends and family during yesterday's brief appearance at the town's Magistrates Court.

The visibly distressed 33-year-old, from Crosshill Grove, Aldergrove, said she understood the charge against her.

She faces one count of causing the death of the child by driving without due care and attention prior to the crash on the Dublin Road, Antrim.

District Judge Alan White accepted the prosecution's submission that Ms Irish had a prima facie case to answer.

Her defence did not make any contrary submission.

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Asked if she had any objections to the holding of a preliminary inquiry into the case, Ms Irish replied: "No."

She also declined to give any evidence on her own behalf.

Ms Irish was released on her own bail of £500 and told to return to Antrim Crown Court next month.

The one-car collision happened at 9.45am on September 24, 2012. A second young child and two women were taken to Antrim Area Hospital for treatment to their injuries.

The girl was transferred to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children but later died.

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