Halifax teaching assistant found guilty of cruelty against schoolgirl

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A teaching assistant has been found guilty of cruelty against a child at a Halifax primary school

Rachael Regan, 43, of Cousin Lane, Illingworth, was found guilty of cruelty against a child under the age of 16 at Bradford Crown Court this afternoon (Thursday).

Teacher Deborah McDonald, 41, of Birks Hall Terrace, Halifax, was found not guilty of the same charge.

Regan’s catalogue of abuse included tying the girl’s shoes to her legs with string, taping her to her chair and shutting her in a class storeroom during a five-month bullying campaign. She also stuck post-it notes to her thumbs, called her a nickname, kicked her chair, goaded her with a biscuit, hid her doll and tore up her photograph.

A jury of four men and eight women took under four hours to find Regan guilty

Judge Neil Davey adjourned sentencing until January 8.