- Convicted of assault on a child in a position of trust after gig last June
- Given 150 hours of community service and 18-month supervision order
A mother convicted of assaulting her young daughter at a One Direction concert was trying to ‘gain control’ of her after she became hysterical, a court heard.
The nurse, 34, ‘slapped and grabbed’ the eight-year-old as the band performed at Wembley Stadium.
They travelled up from the West Country to see heart-throb Harry Styles and his band perform but had been running late and ‘emotions were fraught’, said her lawyer.
A mother convicted of assaulting her young daughter at a One Direction concert was trying to ‘gain control’ of her after she became hysterical, a court heard. Above, Harry Styles entertains a crowd
Three music fans alerted security guards who were told by the mother that her daughter had been ‘lippy and rude’ so she ‘had a go at her’.
She claimed the girl was trying to push forward through the crowds so she ‘grabbed and smacked’ her.
The pair went to the concert last June with another girl and her mother but the youngsters were worried they would miss it after getting lost finding their hotel.
The mother added: ‘I am not a bad mother and she is not a bad kid. [She] was cross because I embarrassed her in front of her friend.’ She was convicted of assault on a child in a position of trust in March and appeared before magistrates in Hendon, North London, for sentencing this week.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, cried throughout the hearing and was given tissues in the dock. Tom Evans, defending, said her offence had to be seen in the context of the impact One Direction has on fans.
He added: ‘It overwhelms the audience. It can be quite shocking. Where your child is misbehaving and appears to have lost control and was trying to get to the front, there are dangers there.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, cried throughout the hearing and was given tissues in the dock. Above, Harry joined other bandmates Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan on NBC's Today Show to release their new album
‘It is understandable how a parent could be in that situation where emotions are already fraught and you try to gain control.’
Kevin Christie, prosecuting, said the mother had been drinking before the event and brought alcohol hidden in a water bottle into the venue.
District Judge Denis Brennan sentenced her to 150 hours of community service and an 18-month supervision order.
He said: ‘Your daughter was excited but also you were stressed due to getting lost.
‘You tried to deal with that by having some alcohol. You lost your self-control.
‘The injury was relatively minor but who knows the psychological impact it would have had. She was by dint of her age very vulnerable.’