A former childcare worker has been acquitted of assaulting four children at a Perth pre-school center, with a magistrate describing some of the evidence presented against her as “implausible” and “decorated”.
Most important points:
- Ms Kaur was accused of hitting a child and dragging others away
- But the magistrate found the charges unfounded
- She said Ms Kaur’s colleagues seemed to have an agenda
Rupinder Kaur, 41, is said to have assaulted the children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years three times in November 2018, November 2019 and August 2020.
In the first incident, it was alleged that she punched a two-year-old girl in the face when the child refused to sit.
In the second charge, Ms Kaur was accused of angrily dragging a three-year-old boy into a room by the arm, while the third alleged incident involved dragging two young boys from under a piece of furniture.
Ms Kaur denied the charges and has been on trial in the Perth Magistrates Court for the past two days.
Witnesses had agenda: magistrate
The witnesses against were former children’s center employees who testified that they had seen the incidents.
But today, Magistrate Belinda Coleman rejected their evidence, describing some of it as “fantasy,” “embellished” and “implausible.”
She also said a witness to one of the alleged attacks “seemed like she had some sort of agenda against Ms. Kaur.”
Ms Kaur testified at the trial that she did not commit any of the attacks and that she was at the center “to educate children and not to punish them”.
Mrs. Coleman said she had no doubts that Mrs. Kaur was telling the truth.
The latest incident in August 2020 involving the two young boys led to a formal complaint against Ms Kaur and a police investigation.
“That baseless accusation then turned into a fishing expedition,” said Ms Coleman
Ms Kaur was also originally charged with endangering the safety of a 10-month-old child in July 2019.
The child was said to have temporarily lost consciousness while aggressively feeding the baby, a police statement said.
However, at the beginning of the trial, the prosecutor brought charges, saying that an examination of the evidence showed there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.
Ms. Kaur was awarded $19,289 in court costs.
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