FGM accused had ‘spells and curses in freezer’

Spells and curses aimed at police officers were discovered at the home of a mother accused of the female genital mutilation (FGM) of her three-year-old girl, a court has heard.

A Ugandan woman, 37, and Ghanaian man, 43, from east London, are each charged with FGM and failing to protect a girl from risk of genital mutilation.

The couple, who deny the allegations, cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The mother has an interest in witchcraft, the Old Bailey heard.

Prosecutor Caroline Carberry QC said evidence of spells and curses were found in the mother’s freezer when police searched her home in November 2017