Man in court on child cruelty charges
A Fife man is to stand trial accused of cruelty charges dating back up to 30 years.
William Hunter, 64, from Leven, has denied offences against the young boy over a seven-year period when the boy was aged between seven and 14.
Hunter entered a not guilty plea at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court to the charge on various occasions between October 1983 and January 1990.
Sheriff Maxwell Hendry set a trial date in November.
It is alleged at an address in Burntisland he assaulted the boy by removing the boy's lower clothing and repeatedly struck him on the body with a slipper, a wooden cane and a belt.
He is further accused of repeatedly punching him on the head and body and forcing him to eat faeces and drink urine.
Hunter, 64, denied the charge of assault to injury during a brief hearing.