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Driver, 22, accused of crash that killed two

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

A MAN from Bratton Fleming has appeared for the first time before Exeter Crown Court accused of causing the death of two friends in a car crash.

Jason Huxtable, 22, did not make a plea and was released on bail after a timetable was set for the future progress of his case.

Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, Recorder of the City of Exeter, adjourned the case for a new hearing on April 19, when a plea is expected to be taken and directions for any trial set down.

Huxtable, of Parsonage Farm, Bratton Fleming, is charged with causing the death of Emma Kift and Johnny Popple while driving with almost twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.

He is also accused of driving other than in accordance with a licence and without insurance.

Emma Kift, 21, and Johnny Popple, 23, both from Bratton Fleming, died in a crash at Loxhore Cross, near Barnstaple, on June 1 last year.

The emergency services were called to a car which had rolled into a field and caught fire.

After the accident tributes were paid to both victim, with Emma described as a devoted mother.

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