Man in court over friend’s death

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A close friend of tragic music lover Alex Baron has appeared in court charged with causing his death.

Christopher Backhouse appeared at York Magistrates’ Court this morning (Thursday November 19) to face the allegations for the first time.

Backhouse is charged with death by driving without due care and attention, with the prosecution claiming he was at the wheel of a blue Renault Clio when it crashed on the way back from Hampshire’s Boomtown Music Festival last August.

Backhouse survived the A64 crash along with another friend, however popular Alex tragically perished at the scene.

The 25-year-old accused was supported in court by his mother Sue Backhouse, a former Scarborough councillor.

His father is Andrew Backhouse, a former mayor of the borough and current councillor.

He wasn’t at court for the brief hearing, in which smartly dressed Backhouse remained silent other than to confirm details such as his address.

His solicitor, Robert Vining, entered no plea on his behalf as the bench passed the case up to York Crown Court due to the severity of the allegations.

And Backhouse was told by the bench to liaise as much as possible with his solicitor ahead of that hearing, which was set for Friday December 4, in the hope of progressing the case.

After Alex’s death, friends paid tribute to the 22-year old former Raincliffe School pupil, who they said loved life - and made every second count.

Tributes were also paid on social media to the Premier Engineering employee, with friends tweeting ‘R.I.P...pleasure meeting you pal’.

A former county runner, he had since channelled his energy into his love of music and spent the summer before his death festival hopping, having previously travelled across Australia.

Since his death, friends and family have united to raise money in his memory to create a legacy for him.

Backhouse, of High Street in Burniston, was released on unconditional bail ahead of the next hearing.