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Couple ‘gave child insulin overdose’

Trial: Mohammed Asiri wasn’t in court

A COUPLE have gone on trial accused of cruelty towards a child allegedly injected with a potentially fatal dose of insulin.

Amal and Mohammed Asiri repeatedly issued the diabetes drug, despite the youngster not needing it, a jury at the Old Bailey heard.

And this suspected overdosing allegedly continued for four weeks after the child was admitted to Evelina Children’s Hospital in London on February 13 last year having arrived from Saudi Arabia in a private air ambulance.

The effect was to reduce the child’s blood sugar ‘to dangerous levels’, causing repeated attacks of hypoglycaemia, said prosecutor Sarah Whitehouse QC.

She told the jury: ‘If left untreated, the person may become unconscious and suffer fits. If really prolonged and severe, then permanent brain damage or death can occur.’

The Asiris, of Kensington, in London, have chosen not to attend the court. They have denied all charges.

The trial continues.