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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.”

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