Man denies in court that his careless driving killed his partner at Brough (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Man denies in court that his careless driving killed his partner at Brough
2:45pm Monday 28th January 2013 in News
A MAN whose partner was found dead on a country road near Kirkby Stephen has denied that it was his careless driving that killed her.
John Trevor Dent, 49, was charged after his partner, 49-year-old grandmother Rose-Marie Valente, was found dead near his home in Brough on the morning of February 27 last year.
Ms Valente, a mother-of-five from Woodside Crescent, Bingley, West Yorks, is understood to have spent the weekend with Dent, with whom she had been in a relationship for about ten years.
Her body was found early on the morning of February 27 after he reported that he had discovered her lying in the road.
At Carlisle Crown Court on Monday he pleaded not guilty to causing her death by driving on Swindale Grange Lane, Brough, without due care and attention while he was over the legal drink-driving limit.
The charge arises from Dent’s alleged driving the previous night when, it was alleged, he knocked Ms Valente down as she was walking down the narrow road near his home.
He was remanded on bail, but will be back in court on March 4 for an administrative hearing at which a date for his trial will be set.