Two charged over death of 84-year-old woman in care home plead not guilty

Two people charged in connection with the death of a woman at a care home in Derby have pleaded not guilty.

Shirley Froggett, 84, died in October 2018 following a fall at the New Lodge Nursing Home (pictured) in Mickleover.

Nakeeba Akhtar, of St Chads Road, Stoke-on-Trent; and Amar Muneer, of Blackpool Street, Burton-on-Trent; who are not in custody appeared at a short hearing at Derby Crown Court on Friday via video link and spoke only to enter their pleas.

The pair pleaded not guilty to wilful neglect between September 18 2018 and September 21 2018, while Akhtar also pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Two others: Lindsay Foster, and Prabina Thapa, who were also charged in connection with Ms Froggett’s death and appeared at the same hearing, were not arraigned and did not enter any pleas.

A further pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for November 4 ahead of a planned trial date of December 2.

Judge Jonathan Straw told the defendants they must appear at their trial or it would go ahead in their absence.

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