A MAN accused of putting a three-year-old girl in a deep freezer and closing the lid because she was “naughty” has denied committing the offence.
Mohammed Hussain, 48, from Staniforth Road, Darnall, is alleged to have punished the girl by closing the freezer lid on one occasion. Another time he allegedly dangled half her body inside.
Asked if he’d committed the offence Hussain told a Sheffield Crown Court jury: “No, it is not true.”
Robert Smith, defending Hussain, asked him if he had ever done anything like it. Hussain replied: “How can I do that? She’s a child and I did not do such a thing.”
Restaurant worker Hussain faces seven cruelty charges and six alternative charges of battery against three girls and a boy whose ages range from three to 12.
The prosecution claims he hit the children with a stick, sandals, a belt and a coat hanger between 2006 and 2009.
He is also accused of hitting a woman in the face with a wooden spoon.
Judge Robert Moore ordered the jury to deliver not guilty verdicts on a further five offences of child cruelty.
During cross-examination Hussain admitted once chastising a three-year-old boy by slapping him on the bottom but he repeatedly denied assaulting any of the children.
Asked by Robert Smith if he had ever used a slipper, belt or sandal to punish the girl or a coat hanger to chastise a boy, he replied: “No, I didn’t do anything.”
He denied being a bully and having a short temper.
The trial continues.