Court in Ballymena hears couple accused of child cruelty offences have now perfected bail

Amanda and Christopher Fulton

A COUPLE, who deny allegations of child cruelty, have now perfected bail, a court in Ballymena was told on Monday.

Christopher (31) and Amanda Fulton (32), from Mosside, had previously been on remand, in custody, for around a year.

The couple had been granted bail earlier this year but it had never been perfected as, previous hearings were told, there had been difficulty getting an address.

However, Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena on Monday, heard the couple now are on bail.

The couple are jointly charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, two counts of child cruelty and a fourth charge of causing or allowing a child to suffer ‘serious physical harm’.

The charges relate to November, 2019.

A previous court heard complaints from the defence about alleged slow movement in the case.

At Monday’s Court a prosecutor read out a detailed response saying the case file was submitted to the them in April and allocated to a directing officer.

The prosecutor said the file was “large and complex” and said health experts were tasked to examine “complex medical issues”.

The prosecutor said the medical professionals had been busy dealing with covid but said their reports are expected to be complete by the end of March next year at the latest.

The prosecutor said bail was granted on January 28 this year and they had no influence over whether that was perfected.

District Judge Peter King adjourned the case to February 1 next year.

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