A MAN has appeared in court charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of a “fun-loving” father-of-three who was on his way home from work.

Thomas Hughes, 23, St Dials Court, Oak Street, Cwmbran, has been charged after 45-year-old Ebbw Vale family man Kirk Butcher was killed in a head-on crash.

The collision happened near Junction 25A of the M4 in Newport in the early hours of Sunday morning at around 3.30am.

He is accused of causing the death of Mr Butcher while the defendant was at the wheel of a Mercedes Sprinter van.

Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard how the alleged victim had just finished his shift working in Magor.

Hughes, who appeared in court dressed in a grey T-shirt and trousers, spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

The prosecution was represented by David Cook and the defendant by Paul Morris.

No application for bail was made and Hughes was remanded in custody by Judge David Parsons at

The defendant is due to appear before Newport Crown Court on Wednesday, May 6.

In a statement issued earlier today the family of Mr Butcher, a builder from the Ebbw Vale area, he was was described as "a fun loving husband, father, son and brother".

His family said Mr Butcher, 45, "adored" his three daughters.

"He was a family man who lived his life to the fullest, often enjoying nights out with his wife Janet, and family," the tribute read.

"Kirk was a builder by trade, so he had a wide circle of friends, he was kind and supportive and could always put a smile on your face.

"He will be sadly missed by all that knew him. As a family we would like to thank all friends that have sent wishes and would respectfully request time to grieve.”