Woman, 42, pleads not guilty to manslaughter of Skipton hotelier

Hotelier Tom Bannister

Hotelier Tom Bannister

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A 42-YEAR-old woman has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of a Skipton hotelier.

Debbie Barker, of Hellifield Road, Gargrave, is accused of the unlawful killing of Tom Bannister at Carseylands Hill, Airton, sometime between June 20 and June 23 last year.

But Barker, who appeared at Bradford Crown Court today, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mr Bannister while driving without due care and while over the drink drive limit and of failing to report an accident.

She is alleged to have been driving a Range Rover at Carseylands Hill on June 22 when she caused the death of Mr Bannister, formerly of The Coniston Hotel.

Barker is accused of having a reading of 51 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 of breath, 16 microgrammes over the limit of 35.

Grating her bail, Judge Peter Benson set the trial date for October 6.

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