A FITNESS instructor told a teenager to eat food out of a dog bowl after she spilled juice, a court has heard.

Norman McConnachie, 42, and Rachel Boyd, 39, both of Newtonhill, are accused of wilfully ill-treating two school girls in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury.

The pair are accused of forcing the teenagers to exercise outdoors in snow and dragging them through dog excrement and urine.

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One of the girls told the trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court that Mr McConnachie instructed her to go into the kitchen of a house after she spilled some juice.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named, claimed he tipped some food into a dog bowl and told her to eat it.

Mr McConnachie is further accused of sexually assaulting the girls in 2011.

They deny all charges.

The trial continues.