Thug fined for punching newborn girl
A man who randomly hit a baby in a supermarket has been convicted of assault by beating.
David Hardy (64) claimed he was "messing about" and thought he was striking a doll when he hit five-day-old Elsie Temple with "a loose fist" to "wind up" the baby's sister (7).
But District Judge Sam Goozee told Manchester Magistrates' Court the defendant's claims were "implausible".
The incident took place at a Tesco in Baguley, Wythenshawe, on September 5.
The baby's mother, Amy Duckers, said that while in Tesco, she saw her next-door neighbour, who worked in the store and who went over to see the child.
The neighbour then called over her colleague, Elaine Hardy, the defendant's wife, to look at the "beautiful baby", after which the defendant punched the child.
Hardy was fined £900 and ordered to pay £500 costs and £100 compensation.