A businessman slapped an eight-year-old girl he thought was being cheeky towards him.
Michael Hague, 48, of St Leonard’s Court, Fleet Street, St Annes, pleaded guilty to assault.
He was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £85 costs with £80 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said that on November 29, Hague shouted at an eight-year-old girl he thought had been cheeky and hit her three times on the arm leaving a red handmark. When first interviewed by police Hague denied hitting the girl.
Daniel Harman, defending, said: “He is extremely contrite and remorseful for what happened. This case has had a catastrophic effect on his life. He is now thinking about taking a job abroad.”