Three people deny involvement in the alleged hit-and-run murder of Sunderland dad

Gary Wood.
Gary Wood.

Three people have denied being involved in the alleged hit-and-run murder of a popular dad.

Liam Carr, 19, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and manslaughter following the death of dad-of-two Gary Wood, who was knocked down by a car in Seaham

Road, Houghton, County Durham.

Forty-two-year-old foreman Mr Wood, of Houghton, died on 7 June this year after suffering injuries during the collision.

Carr, along with co-accused Gareth Bainbridge, 38, also denied charges of conspiracy to commit GBH with intent and intending to pervert the course of justice after allegedly torching the Seat Ibiza.

A youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit GBH with intent.

The judge recorded a formal not guilty verdict in relation to a second youth, who was originally charged with murder and conspiracy to commit GBH with intent, after the prosecution offered no evidence.

Judge Paul Sloan told Carr, of Langdon Road, Westerhope, Newcastle: "I am going to adjourn your case for trial which will commence on November 28.

"Your legal team will be through to see you before your trial. You will be remanded in custody."

He told Bainbridge, of School Road, East Rainton, and the youth: "I am going to to extend your bail on your conditions that you are well aware of.

"If you fail to attend your trial you will be committing a separate offence."