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Couple accused of poisoning a young child with insulin deny cruelty charges

A Saudi couple accused of poisoning a young child with insulin have denied cruelty charges today. 

Amal Asiri, 28, and her husband Mohammed Asiri, 37, were said to have administered the drug when the child was in hospital.

Emma Smith, prosecuting, said: ‘The child was admitted to that hospital between March and June 2017 and again in February 2018 suffering from a form of hypoglycemia.

‘The Crown’s case is that it relates to the giving of insulin to the child by the defendants, either by giving it directly or allowing them to access it.’

Inner London Crown Court heard the couple are accused of ‘wilfully ill treating the child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering’.

Mrs Asiri is also charged with ‘unlawfully and maliciously administering a poison or other destructive or noxious substance thereby to endanger the life of the child.’ Medical experts including doctors from the children’s hospital and toxicology experts are set to be called by both sides.

The couple, based in Kensington, south west London will return to Inner London Crown Court for a hearing on July 25 ahead of the trial on September 16.

Both deny a charge of cruelty to a person under the age of 16. Amal Asiri also denies one charge of administering a poison or noxious substance so as to endanger life.

The couple were granted conditional bail provided they remain in the country, surrender their travel documents and make no attempt to gain new documents.