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A father was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after being seen slapping his disabled daughter’s face on a public street, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.
Now, the Nottingham man has been handed a suspended sentence for assaulting his daughter, an incident described by CPS East Midlands Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Janine Smith as a vicious, unwarranted attack on a vulnerable young woman.
The man, who cannot be named, was recorded on video slapping his daughter, who is visually impaired, seven times and throwing water on her.
The video was witnessed by someone outside the family, who published it on a social media website to highlight the abuse that the victim was suffering.
The video was seen by another witness who reported the incident to the police.
The man was arrested, but the victim appeared to blame herself for the incident. However, when the video was seen by the court, it was instantly clear that this was a case of abuse and there was no blame that could be attached to the victim.
When faced with the charge of assault by beating, the defendant pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrate’s Court, and was given a sentence of 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, including supervision.
According to the police investigation, the abuse was triggered when the victim simply requested a change in what the family would have to eat that day.
She had no support from her family - instead they rounded on her and blamed her. It was the intervention of people outside the family that exposed this abuse and brought her father to face the consequences of his actions.