Jury sent out to reach verdict in Halifax child cruelty case

Teachers Rachel Louise Regan (left) and Debra Macdonald at Calderdale Magistrates Court
Teachers Rachel Louise Regan (left) and Debra Macdonald at Calderdale Magistrates Court

The jury has been sent out to reach a verdict in the trial of two Halifax primary school staff members accused of taping a child to a chair in an alleged five-month bullying campaign.

The jury must decide if teacher Deborah McDonald, 41, of Birks Hall Terrace, Halifax, and teaching assistant Rachael Regan, 43, of Cousin Lane, Illingworth, are guilty or not guilty of tying the victim’s shoes to her legs with string, taping her to her chair and shutting her in a class storeroom.

In his summing up of the trial, which has been heard at Bradord Crown Court over the last six days, Judge Neil Davey told the jurors they must be certain the defendants knew their actions were wrong at the time and that the alleged acts of cruelty caused unnecessary suffering to the primary school victim.