Sheffield nurse avoids jail after striking children with belts and shoes

Lusya Mashawi outside Sheffield Crown Court
Lusya Mashawi outside Sheffield Crown Court
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A Sheffield nurse who hit children with items including a belt, shoe and wooden spoon has been spared jail.

Lusya Mashawi, aged 42, struck a 14-year-old child with the wooden spoon following an argument while cooking, and hit another with a shoe for putting a sanitary product in ‘the wrong bathroom bin.’

In another incident, she slapped a victim for leaving some meat in the car after a shopping trip.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that Mashawi, of Lowhouse Road, Burngreave, was under ‘terrible stress and pressure’ and now faces losing her job.

She had admitted two counts of child cruelty and one of ABH.

Alison Dorrell, prosecuting, told the court that in 2010, Mashawi struck a 10-year-old child with her open palm after a disagreement and did the same again the following year.

In 2013, Mashawi ‘lost her temper’ with the same child and struck him with a belt.

After another argument at the end of 2012, she struck the same child with the belt on the back of the legs.

Another child, aged 14, was ‘struck with a wooden spoon’ after an argument when cooking in 2011. The same child was hit with a belt in another incident for forgetting to wash a school uniform, and in 2013 was struck with a shoe on the arm.

Mashawi admitted a charge of actual bodily harm after slapping another victim with her ‘open palm’ due to ‘leaving some meat in the car’ after shopping. The victim fell backwards into a fridge and banged his head.

Gul Nawaz Hussain, defending, said Mashwi now faces losing her job.

He added: “The children had significant reluctance to come forward but she pleaded guilty knowing that. They have now forgiven her and moved on with their lives.

“This is a woman who was under immense pressure due to domestic circumstances and has shown restraint in her time of work, which sees nurses getting abused on a daily basis. These incidents are not sadistic acts.”

Sentencing, Judge Peter Kelson said: “The guidelines suggest to me that there should be a jail sentence for these offences. But these are a few moments of grave error from a woman under terrible stress and pressure.”

Mashawi was handed a six-month community order alongside a six-month supervision requirement and must attend 15 sessions of the Together Women Project.

She was cleared of a further charge of making threats to kill.