Pair avoid jail for child cruelty at Welwyn Garden City nursery

TWO nursery nurses were given suspended sentences for child cruelty.

Rebecca Robbins, 21, of High Street, Codicote, and Lisa Wymer, 22, of Arundel Drive, Borehamwood, appeared before St Albans Crown Court, today (Monday).

The pair were found guilty in October of cruelty to a person under 16.

They were caught on CCTV humiliating a two-year-old boy while working at a nursery in WGC, which cannot be named for legal reasons.

In mitigation the pair both claimed the press attention had lead them to receiving death threats.

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Franco Tizzano, defending Wymer, said: “As unpleasant as the incident was, it didn’t result in any physical or long term effects on the boy.”

He described the offence as at the “bottom end” of the scale.

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Maria Karaiskos, for Robbins, said: “The consequences of those five seconds of inappropriate, immature behaviour, she is going to have to live with for the rest of her life.”

Wymer and Robbins were each given 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for a year, 100 hours unpaid work and a supervision order.

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