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Aravindan Balakrishnan denies child cruelty and rape charges

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Image caption Aravindan Balakrishnan denies child cruelty charges

A 74-year-old man has denied 25 offences including rape and child cruelty which are alleged to have taken place over more than 30 years.

Aravindan Balakrishnan, of Latymer Road in Edmonton, north London, is also charged with false imprisonment and 19 counts of indecent assault.

The charges relate to three women between January 1980 and October 2013.

At Southwark Crown Court, he also denied wilfully assaulting and neglected a child.

This was said to have occurred between 6 January 1983 and 7 January 1999.

The full charges against the pensioner, who was arrested in Lambeth, south London, in November 2013, are one count of cruelty to a person under the age of 16, one count of false imprisonment, 19 counts of indecent assault and four counts of rape.

Judge Martin Beddoe bailed Mr Balakrishnan until his trial.

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