A man and a woman have pleaded not guilty to the female genital mutilation (FGM) of a three-year-old girl.
The man, a 43-year-old from Ghana, and the woman, a 36-year-old from Uganda - who cannot be named for legal reasons - appeared before the Old Bailey.
They are jointly accused of two offences under the FGM Act 2003 in what is believed to be only the third case to come to trial since FGM was made illegal in the UK more than three decades ago.
The first count is one of carrying out genital mutilation on the victim, who is now four years old, and the second is of failing to protect a girl from the risk of FGM.
The offences allegedly occurred on 28 August last year.