Published On: Thu, Dec 4th, 2014 on 7:37 pm

Halifax teaching assistant found guilty of cruelty towards girl, 7

Bradford Crown Court Law Courts

The trial took place at Bradford Crown Court.

A teaching assistant has been found guilty of bullying a seven-year-old girl in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

Rachael Regan, 43, of Cousin Lane, Illingworth, denied a charge of cruelty, but was found guilty after a trial at Bradford Crown Court.

The jury heard how the pupil was taped to a chair, shut in a storeroom, called a nickname and had her chair kicked during a five-month bullying campaign.

Prosecutor Simon Waley said an investigation was launched by the school and the police after the girl told her mother a teacher had tied her to a chair with sticky tape so she could not move.

He said: “She said that the class had been laughing at her and that she was the class clown.

“She said that Mrs Regan put it all around the chair and it was hard breathing. She said that she couldn’t get out to reach her things. She said that the whole class were laughing.”

The catalogue of incidents against the youngster, who is now nine, also included putting sticky notes on her thumbs and tying her shoes on with string.

Teacher Deborah McDonald, 41, of Birks Hall Terrace, Halifax, was cleared of the same offence.

Giving evidence, she told the jury she had not deliberately ill-treated or humiliated the girl.

Regan will be sentenced next year.

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