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Pensioner to stand trial over her alleged cruelty to children

Published 28/01/2016

The alleged offences were committed within Belfast between 1974 and 1982
The alleged offences were committed within Belfast between 1974 and 1982

A 72-year-old woman has been ordered to stand trial charged with child cruelty to a boy and girl up to four decades ago.

Appearing before the city's Magistrates Court today on a motorised scooter, the pensioner faced nine counts involving two alleged victims who were in her care.

She has not been named to ensure their identities are protected.

The woman is accused of "wilfully assaulting" the pair while they were under the age of 16 in a way likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health.

The alleged offences were committed within Belfast over a period stretching from 1974 to 1982.

During a preliminary enquiry hearing the prosecution submitted that she has a case to answer.

The accused declined to call witnesses or give evidence at this stage.

Now retired, her lawyer said she has a professional background.

District Judge Meehan granted an application to have the defendant returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court.

She was released on continuing bail of £200 until those proceedings get underway on a date to be fixed.

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