A RESTAURANT worker hit a 15-year-old girl with sticks, twisted her arm behind her back and threw a cup of hot tea over her leg, a court heard.
Mohammed Altaf Hussain, aged 48, of Staniforth Road, Darnall, is accused of attacking the girl along with two other girls and a boy aged between three and 12.
He is charged with nine counts of cruelty against four different children and one charge of assault against a woman.
Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court were shown a video of the 15-year-old girl’s police interview.
In it she told officers she had witnessed Hussain hitting a 42-year-old woman in the face with a wooden spoon and hitting the younger children.
The 15-year-old, who cannot be named, said: “He used to pick on the younger kids.
“He hit them really hard with his hands, he doesn’t know how hard he’s doing it but you can see the hand marks on their cheeks.”
Asked how often the incidents happened, the girl said: “Just when he’s angry. He just hits them for little things.”
The girl also recalled seeing marks on the back of a three-year-old boy who was allegedly attacked by Hussain with a coat hanger.
And she told police officers Hussain twice put a three-year-old girl in a deep freezer for being naughty.
The girl admitted she didn’t actually see the incidents but said she had been told about them.
Asked why he had done it, the girl said: “She jumps about a lot and it gets on his nerves and he doesn’t like it.”
Recalling an attack on her, the girl said: “He twisted my arm behind my back and chucked the tea over my leg.”
She added: “I don’t like him because of what he does. He’s just really selfish.”
Hussain, who has been living in the UK for 16 years, also faces nine lesser charges of battery, as an alternative to the charges of cruelty to children.
He denies all the charges.
The trial continues.