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A London man is to be charged with inflicting female genital mutilation in a landmark prosecution.

The 49-year-old from south London is alleged to have carried out the crime on a young girl between 2010 and 2013. If the new prosecution is successful it will be the first British conviction for FGM.

The man will appear at Woolwich crown court tomorrow charged with two offences alleging that he "excised, infibulated or otherwise mutilated the whole or part of the labia minora" of the girl.

He is also charged with alternative offences of wounding the child, and three separate counts of child cruelty.


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