Published On: Thu, Jan 8th, 2015 on 12:47 pm

Halifax teaching assistant guilty of child cruelty sentenced

Bradford Crown Court Law Courts

Regan was sentenced in Bradford Crown Court.

A teaching assistant who taped a seven-year-old girl to a chair in a West Yorkshire school has been handed a 12-month community service order.

Rachael Regan, 43, of Cousin Lane, Illingworth, denied a charge of cruelty but was convicted at Bradford Crown Court last month.

Her colleague, teacher Deborah McDonald, 41, of Birks Hall Terrace, Halifax, was found not guilty.

Last month, 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.

Regan’s community order includes a requirement to do 40 hours of unpaid work.

She is also barred from working with children.

Judge Neil Davey QC criticised the length of time the classroom assistant had been on bail before she was charged and said the period of uncertainty was a punishment in itself, explaining that this was why he had not considered a custodial sentence.

In sentencing, Judge Davey told Regan: “You have been convicted by a jury of cruelty to a small child, in effect of bullying her to the extent that it would properly be described as cruelty.”

Judge Davey also told her: “You humiliated [the girl], you’ve already been professionally humiliated, now you’ve been publicly humiliated.”

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