Stressed out mother slapped 12-year-old

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A PREGNANT mother-of-four who slapped a 12-year-old girl around the face was fined £65 by Grantham magistrates on Wednesday.

Victoria Towning, of Belmont Grove, Grantham, went to find the girl in New Beacon Road, Grantham, on May 28 after her daughter claimed that the victim and her friends had chased her.

Towning, 28, found the three girls, who she thought were at least 15-years-old, in the supermarket and sat down outside to wait for them.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said an argument broke out and the victim and Towning were very close to each other.

He said: “During the course of that Towning hit her to the side of the face.”

The victim stumbled backwards and then ran into the supermarket to phone her father.

Mr Macmillan said: “She felt bad as soon as she did it, but did feel provoked by the reaction of the girls when she spoke to them, and by what her daughter had reported to her.”

The victim and her friends claim that Towning’s daughter swore at them, but they did not chase her.

Towning, who was made to pay £30 compensation and £15 victim surcharge, admitted hitting the girl but said she was very stressed at the time.

Magistrate Graham Harman said: “This was a serious assault on a child. I appreciate she didn’t realise how young the person was.”