Devon

Devon brothers deny historic child abuse charges

The two brothers of a woman whose body was exhumed by police have pleaded not guilty to sex offences against children dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.

Maurice Dance, 57, from Budleigh Salterton denied six charges. Colin Dance, 59, from Exmouth also denied six charges at Exeter Magistrates' Court.

Belinda Day died in 1989. Her body was exhumed in April.

The court heard that none of her brothers' charges are related to her. They were released on bail.

DNA evidence

Maurice Dance faces four charges of indecent assault and two of gross indecency against girls under the age of 16 between 1971 and 1989.

Colin Dance faces six charges of gross indecency against a girl under the age of 16 from 1974 to 1980.

The court heard the alleged victims were as young as five-years-old.

Both men were granted conditional bail which included living at addresses near Bristol and in Hampshire.

The brothers will appear before the court in July.

The body of Belinda Day, a 27-year-old mother-of-three, was disinterred in April for DNA evidence, as police believe she was raped and abused before killing herself.

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