Jan 13 2013 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
A MUM has been given a community order for hitting her young child with a belt.
The Neasden woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on Monday after admitting common assault in November last year.
The court heard from prosecutor Caroline Paul that a family support worker visited the mother’s home on August 10 last year when an argument broke out between family members.
Ms Paul said: “The son, who was seven years old at the time, started crying and the family support worker spoke to the child.
“The mother asked her son to sit on the floor and then she came out of her bedroom with a plaited belt with a buckle and hit him with the belt on the chest.
“She hit him twice and the family support worker grabbed the belt and told the defendant she shouldn’t be doing that.”
She was handed a community order with a 12-month supervision order.
Two further counts of neglect of a young child were ordered to lie on file by Judge Martyn Barklem, who noted that she was a woman of previous good character.