A Co Tyrone man will stand trial on child cruelty charges relating to a boy driving an HGV on the M1 highway near Dungannon while another child was in the taxi, which was filmed and shared on social media.
The accused, who is in his early thirties but cannot be identified to protect the children’s identity, is charged with two counts of child cruelty, aiding and abetting dangerous driving, as well as aiding and abetting driving while disqualified by age.
He faces a new dangerous driving charge on his own.
The cruelty charges allege that the accused intentionally mistreated, neglected and exposed both children in a way that caused unnecessary suffering or harm to health.
All matters relate to an incident on September 6, 2020.
Police descended after the video, showing one boy in the driver’s seat driving the truck while the other was behind him in the taxi, was widely shared on social media.
Both boys were under 10 at the time.
Defendant appeared in the dock at Dungannon Crown Court today filing a plea of no-guilty for all charges.
Judge Brian Sherrard QC kept the defendant in remand and listed the case for mention next month.