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Two men deny causing death of Co Down pensioner by dangerous driving

Daryl Kirton, far left, and Che McManus, second from left, leave Downpatrick Crown Court after denying causing the death of Patrick Wilkinson (72) by dangerous driving
Staff Reporter

TWO men have denied causing the death of a Co Down pensioner by dangerous driving.

Appearing in the dock of Downpatrick Crown Court, 22-year-old Daryl Kirton and Che McManus (20) entered not guilty pleas to the charge that they caused the death of Patrick Wilkinson by dangerous driving in June 2014.

The 72-year-old, who was originally from Ballinderry but had moved to Co Down to spend time with his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, was struck outside his family's farm on the Killard Road just outside Ballyhornan.

In court on Thursday lawyers for the defence and prosecution told Judge Piers Grant there would be forensic engineer reports submitted from both sides before the trial, which will last around two weeks.

Prosecuting lawyer Samuel Magee also revealed that a police video recording of the route where the tragedy occurred will form part of the Crown case.

Both Kirton, with an address at Fell Street in Liverpool, and McManus, from Carriff Court in Downpatrick, were released on continuing bail and Judge Grant said he would fix the trial date today.

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