Former couple face child cruelty charges in Derry court

A former couple have appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court charged with 22 counts of child neglect, child cruelty and assaults on two children.

The defendants, who cannot be named, are alleged to have committed the offences between 2006 and 2011.

At a preliminary inquiry today both defendants said they had nothing to say at this stage.

Their solicitor said he accepted they had a prima facie case to answer.

Both defendants were released on their own bail of £500 until they appear before the Crown Court next month.

They were also ordered not to have any contact with the two female complainants.