Scarborough mother denies killing own daughter

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A man and a woman have both denied the unlawful killing of a 21-year-old woman in Scarborough who died from an alleged heroin overdose

Claire Louise Johnson and Daniel Kedge, both aged 41, pleaded not guilty at Leeds Crown Court today (Thursday) to the manslaughter of her daughter Natasha Johnson between May 21-24 2013.

Kedge faced a second charge of supplying heroin to Miss Johnson on May 23 2013 and entered a guilty plea to that.

Both were given until January 30 to serve their defence case statements, with a trial date already fixed for February 16. At the moment the trial is estimated to last 10 days but the court was told that may alter.

Johnson of Market Way, Scarborough, and Kedge, of Carlton Terrace, Halifax, were each granted conditional bail until that date.

The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC told them: “I am going to adjourn now until the trial on February 16, if that date alters your solicitors will let you know.”