Halifax man, 40, accused over Yorkshire woman’s death

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A Halifax man and a woman from Scarborough have appeared in court to face charges of manslaughter.

Daniel Kedge, 40, and Claire Johnson, 41, appeared at Scarborough Magistrates Court on Monday face the charge, with Mr Kedge also facing an allegation that he supplied a Class A drug.

The charges relate to the death of Natasha Johnson in Scarborough in 2013.

This was the first time either of the defendants, who have both been bailed with instructions not to contact each other, have appeared in court over her death and they now face a trial over the allegations.

Neither of the defendants entered a plea during their hearings, and magistrates immediately passed the case up to York Crown Court due to the serious nature of the allegations.

Both Kedge, of Carlton Terrace in Halifax, and Johnson, of Market Way, Scarborough, appeared before the court having previously been released on bail.

Kedge, 40, was also ordered not to enter Market Way before the next hearing at Leeds Crown Court on Monday July 7.