Father given suspended sentence for attack on disabled daughter

12/03/2015

A 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 filmed slapping his daughter, who is visually impaired, seven times and throwing water on her. The film was witnessed by someone outside the family, who published it on social media 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 Magistrates' Court and was given a sentence of 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, including supervision.

Janine Smith, who is also the victims' champion for CPS East Midlands said: "This tirade of 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.

"Victims of crime are not to blame for what happens to them. There is no justification for abuse of this nature. This was a vicious, unwarranted attack on a vulnerable young woman, which horrified people who saw the video footage and was clearly distressing for the victim. The only mitigation accepted by the court was that the defendant was of previous good character and that he had pleaded guilty."