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Man and woman to stand trial over child cruelty

A man and woman are to stand trial accused of cruelty to four children in their care, a judge ruled today.

The accused are alleged to have wilfully neglected the two boys and two girls at their home in Belfast.

Appearing before the city's Magistrates Court today, it was established that they both have a case to answer.

The man and woman, aged 49 and 32, cannot be named to protect the identities of their alleged victims.

Both of them face four charges of cruelty to a person under 16 years old on dates between January 2011 and March 2012.

It is alleged that their actions were likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury.

During a preliminary enquiry hearing the two accused declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage.

A prosecution lawyer submitted that a prima facie case has been established against them.

District Judge Bernadette Kelly granted an application to have the defendants returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court.

They were released on continuing bail of £500 each until those proceedings get underway on a date to be fixed.

As part of their conditions the pair will live at separate addresses.

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