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Five deny manslaughter of cyclist

PUBLISHED: 11:53 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 25 August 2010

FIVE men accused of causing the death of a cyclist in a road accident in Kent denied manslaughter at the Old Bailey.  Andrew Carlisle, 35, William Dennard, 24, George Webb, 26, David Cook, 24, and Shane Webb, 23, are due to stand trial on May 17 this yea

FIVE men accused of causing the death of a cyclist in a road accident in Kent denied manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

Andrew Carlisle, 35, William Dennard, 24, George Webb, 26, David Cook, 24, and Shane Webb, 23, are due to stand trial on May 17 this year.

Last Friday, Carlisle and Dennard also denied causing death by dangerous driving.

Father-of-two Graham Thwaites, 51, was knocked off his bicycle by a car in Leesons Hill, St Paul's Cray, on September 18, 2008.

Mr Thwaites, of Petersham Drive, St Paul's Cray, died the following day in King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill.

Carlisle, of Horning Close, Mottingham; Dennard, of Ridgeway, Darenth, Webb, of Montbretia Close, St Paul's Cray, Cook, of Lamberhurst Close, Orpington, and Webb, of Osbourne Road, Dartford, appeared at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing.

In addition to manslaughter and causing death by dangerous driving, Carlisle is further charged with possession of a class B drug.

The trial is due to last between three and four weeks.

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