A MAN was lucky to escape jail after he slapped his young stepdaughter for being “cheeky”.
The little girl, who cannot be named, was left with painful bruising after he struck her.
The Batley man claimed that he lost control after the 10-year-old spoke back to her mum.
The 23-year-old admitted assault when he appeared before District Judge Marie Mallon in Huddersfield.
Bill Astin, prosecuting, said that the attack took place at the family home on January 16.
He said that the night before the girl had got up several times to use the toilet.
Mr Astin said that following this the defendant had lost his temper.
He said: “He came out and slapped her hard across the face, causing bruising.
“Her mother tried to conceal the bruise but couldn’t.
“The girl went to school and this was reported.”
Judge Mallon was told that the child was now living with her grandparents.
The man said in his defence that child was “very much’’ a handful.
He said that he hit her because she was causing problems for her mother and being cheeky.
The man said that he was remorseful about the incident.
He admitted having anger management issues.
Judge Mallon said to him: “Lots of 10-year-olds are handfuls, but that should never justify the use of violence against them.”
She gave him a suspended prison sentence for 16 weeks.