A FLIMBY woman has formally entered not guilty pleas to allegations that she caused the deaths of two people by dangerous driving.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Jade Devine, 32, also denied alternative charges of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed limit for alcohol.

During the hearing, Devine, of Andersons Court, Flimby, was asked to enter pleas. The first two charges allege that the defendant caused the death by dangerous driving of Bethanie Clark, 31, and 43-year-old David Muir.

Prosecutors allege that this happened on May 15, 2022, on the A596 at Flimby. At the time, say prosecutors, she was driving a Nissan Qashqai.

The second two charges allege that Devine caused the deaths of the same two people “by careless driving while over the prescribed limit for alcohol.”

The prosecution case is that at the time of the alleged offences, she had 68mcg in every 100mls of breath. The legal limit for driving is 35mcg.

During the 20 minute hearing, Judge Nicholas Barker set a timetable for the case, ruling that the trial, which is expected to last for four days, should get underway on April 28 next year.

In the meantime, said the judge, the prosecution and defence teams involved in the case were given a timetable for the case, including the preparation of a “defence statement” by Devine.

This must be provided by August 20.

Relatives of the people involved in the case were in court for the hearing. Devine, who spoke in court only to confirm her personal details and to enter her pleas, was represented by Richard Thyne KC, while the prosecutor was barrister Ben Berkson.

As the hearing concluded, Judge Barker granted Devine unconditional bail, telling her that she must be in court for a further case management hearing on September 13.