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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.

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