As the first coronavirus lockdown period came to a close, a lady appeared in court to deny using poison to cause an abortion.
At Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough, Bethany Cox, 22, of Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, is accused of two offences.
Cox denies using a medicine knowing it would result in the termination of the pregnancy with the goal to end the life of a child who could have been born alive on July 6, 2020.
The second alleged crime occurred between July 2 and July 7, 2020, and involved providing a poison with the intention of causing a miscarriage.
On July 4, 2020, the first lockdown restrictions were eased.
For the 15-minute hearing, the public gallery was virtually filled, and Cox was accompanied into the courthouse by supporters.
On January 15, a seven-day trial was slated to begin.
Cox was granted unconditional bail by Judge Paul Watson KC.
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