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Two men charged with causing death of young mother Natasha Carruthers in Co Fermanagh crash deny all charges

Natasha Carruthers died in a crash near Derrylin in October 2017

TWO men charged with causing the death of a young mother in a car crash in Co Fermanagh have denied all the charges against them.

Natasha Carruthers (23) died when a car she was travelling in hit a tree on the Newbridge Road, near Derrylin, in October 2017.

Padraig Toher (28) of Bawnboy, Co Cavan, is charged with manslaughter, while Nathan Phair (23) from Castlebalfour Park, Lisnaskea, is accused of causing death by dangerous driving.

Appearing before Dungannon Crown Court today, the pair are also both alleged to have caused grievous bodily injury to a female passenger.

Mr Toher also stands charged with causing grievous bodily injury to his co-accused by dangerous driving and damaging a car, possession of cocaine and possession of an offensive weapon, namely a metal bar.

He is also charged with perverting the course of justice by arranging for repairs to be carried out to a BMW car.

Mr Phair is also charged with twice unlawfully supplying cocaine, and a single count of offering to supply.

As the charges were individually read, the pair answered "not guilty" to each in turn.

Judge Stephen Fowler QC remanded both back into custody until next month when a trial date is to be set.

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