Father is fined €700 for slapping toddler
A man who slapped his two-year-old daughter in a Cork shopping centre, prompting two concerned female shoppers to immediately alert gardaí, has been fined €700.
The 46-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found by Cork District Court's Judge Olann Kelleher to have slapped the child as she struggled to get out of a shopping trolley.
However, the man - who is not Irish - was described in court as being a devoted father and husband and has no previous convictions.
A medical report sought on the child, who was two years and 10 months old at the time of the 2017 incident, subsequently found no injuries whatsoever.
The court was told the man had moved to Ireland with his family so that his little girl could grow up learning English.
He was described as hard working and a good provider for his family.
The father had at all times denied slapping his daughter.
Judge Kelleher said he found the facts proven against the man.
"The extent of the slapping amounted to assault," he said.
"It is fair to say that he has not co-operated fully with the Probation and Welfare Service (PWS)."
The judge noted that the PWS said it felt it no longer had a role to play in the matter.
Tusla had been liaising with the man's family since the incident was brought before the courts.
Judge Kelleher imposed a fine of €350 on each of the two charges.
The defendant had appeared before Cork District Court on a charge of assaulting his daughter at a Cork shopping centre on July 23, 2017.
Judge Kelleher previously said that, while he found the facts proven against the man in respect of the assault matter, he wanted to consider alternatives to recording a conviction.
"This is a very, very sad case," he said.
He noted that, after the incident, the two female shoppers were so concerned for the child they contacted gardaí.