|Wimbledon Magistrates Court|
A college tutor, who slapped his seven year-old daughter so hard her bruised thigh was detected at school, has been sentenced.
The 46 year-old man from Kingston-upon-Thames, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of his daughter, pleaded guilty to assaulting her at the family home on October 10, last year.
At Wimbledon Magistrates Court he was ordered to complete 200 hours community service and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
The court heard the girl kept rubbing her painful right thigh, which was visibly bruised, when attending school the next day.
She said her father had held her down on her bed by her neck and slapped her.
Afterwards he was apologetic to her and applied a balm to the injured area.
When police questioned the tutor he admitted: “I shouldn’t have done it.”
The court treated him as a man of good character, although he was cautioned for a domestic assault on his wife ten years ago.
He had to move into YMCA lodgings and then shared housing while on bail for the offence.
He was suspended from work as a result of the offence and has only had supervised contact with his daughter.
District Judge James Henderson told him: “This is a serious offence. You could have been charged with child cruelty.
“I hope you don’t lose your job. I hope the college recognises your good work, you are working with older people.”