Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

'Scurvy' death couple face court

Glyn and Julie Seabridge leaving Swansea Crown Court

A mother may be too ill to stand trial accused of child neglect after her son's death allegedly from scurvy, a court has heard.

Glyn Seabridge, 46, of Dolau Crymych, Cardigan, west Wales, could stand trial alone accused of the neglect of his eight-year-old son.

Julie Seabridge, 46, appeared alongside her husband at Swansea Crown Court on Monday in what was scheduled to be a plea hearing.

Their son Dylan Mungo Seabridge died at the then family home in west Wales on December 6 201l. His sudden death is alleged to have been caused by scurvy, an illness linked to a deficiency of vitamin C.

The couple, of Dolau, Eglwyswrw, Cardigan, face a joint charge of assault, ill-treatment, neglect or abandonment of a child or young person, likely to cause suffering or injury. The period of alleged neglect runs from July 2011 to the child's death.

The Seabridges have previously indicated their intention to plead not guilty to the charge.

Seabridge arrived in court with the help of her husband, walking slowly with the aid of a stick.

Dyfed Thomas, her barrister, explained that there were "fitness to plead" issues and requested an adjournment.

The case was adjourned to September 2 in the same court by which time the situation regarding her fitness to plead should be clarified. If a decision is taken that she is unfit to plead the charge will be formally put to her husband with a view to him standing trial alone.

The couple were both released on unconditional bail.

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