Man charged with killing two Yaxley men in hit and run “not fit” to enter plea, court told today

BEST FRIENDS: Thomas Fletcher, 19, of Meadow Walk, Yaxley, and Thomas Northam, 22, of Lilac Walk, Yaxley.

BEST FRIENDS: Thomas Fletcher, 19, of Meadow Walk, Yaxley, and Thomas Northam, 22, of Lilac Walk, Yaxley.

The man charged with causing the deaths of two young pedestrians near Yaxley has been found not fit to enter a plea at crown court this morning.

Richard Frost (38) of Dorset Avenue, Chelmsford, Essex, is charged with causing the deaths of Thomas Fletcher, 19, of Meadow Walk, Yaxley, and Thomas Northam, 22, of Lilac Walk, Yaxley.

Richard Frost, appeared by videolink from Peterborough prison. Frost’s case had been listed for a plea hearing, but the court heard the defendant was not currently fit to enter pleas.

The case was adjourned for Frost to be transferred to Brockfield House mental health hospital in Essex.

Relatives of the two dead men sat in the public gallery for the 50-minute hearing.

The defendant, who has close-cropped hair and wore a grey t-shirt and black tracksuit bottoms, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of dangerous driving, one count of causing actual bodily harm, one count of common assault, one count of possessing criminal property and one count of becoming concerned in a money laundering arrangement.

Judge David Farrell QC ordered that Frost be remanded in custody.

A directions hearing has been listed for June 5 and a provisional trial date listed for September 18, with the trial estimated to last 10 days.

Mr Fletcher and Mr Northam died on Tuesday January 3 when they were struck by a BMW, allegedly driven by Frost, on the B1091 near Yaxley.

Both Mr Northam and Mr Fletcher worked at drainage company Clarksteel Group in Yaxley.