Soldier to face trial over friend’s road death

Daniel Graham leaving court on a previous appearance
Daniel Graham leaving court on a previous appearance

A soldier is to stand trial accused of killing his friend by careless driving after he denied the charge.

At Craigavon Crown Court, 22-year-old Daniel Graham pleaded not guilty to a single count of causing the death of Alan Monteith by driving carelessly on the Carryduff Road in Ballynahinch on August 16 2013.

The charge arises as a result of a one-vehicle road traffic accident on the main road between Carryduff and Ballynahinch which caused fatal injuries to 32-year-old Mr Monteith.

Defence solicitor advocate Denis Maloney said Graham, with an address at Ballykinler Army camp, had returned from England to face the court.

Releasing the soldier on continuing bail, His Honour Judge Kinney said he would review the case next month ahead of the trial, set to be heard in early June.