A RESTAURANT worker from Sheffield, cleared of shutting a child in a freezer, has been given a community order.
Mohammed Altaf Hussain, 48, of Staniforth Road, Darnall, was given a six- month community order, told to attend a 12-day course, and will be supervised by the Probation Service for six months.
He was found guilty of battery for hitting a 10-year-old girl with a slipper. But a jury cleared him of hitting three girls and a boy with a stick, a coat hanger and his palm, and of putting a girl in a freezer.
The restaurant worker denied all the charges and argued a key witness had made up the allegations in a dispute over money.
Judge Robert Moore QC said: “It seems to me the jury has decided this was a case of inappropriate disciplining on one occasion.”
He told Hussain: “You have been convicted on one count when, on the jury’s verdict, you went over the top when hitting a child with a sandal.”