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Mum's trial in abortion pills case set

A woman being prosecuted under a Victorian-era law for obtaining abortion pills that she gave to her 15-year old daughter is due to go on trial in November, a court heard yesterday
A woman being prosecuted under a Victorian-era law for obtaining abortion pills that she gave to her 15-year old daughter is due to go on trial in November, a court heard yesterday

By Ashleigh McDonald

A woman being prosecuted under a Victorian-era law for obtaining abortion pills that she gave to her 15-year old daughter is due to go on trial in November, a court heard yesterday.

The 38-year old, who cannot be named due to reporting restrictions, has been charged with procuring and supplying a poison - namely mifepristone and misoprostol - knowing that it was intended to be unlawfully used or employed with intent to procure a miscarriage.

Both offences relate to a period between June 30 and July 30, 2013.

The charges were brought contrary to section 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

The case was listed for mention at Belfast Crown Court yesterday.

Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland asked if a trial date could be fixed.

After noting "the trial itself should not take too long", a date was fixed for November 18 this year.

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