A former childcare worker has been acquitted of abusing four children at an early learning center in Perth, where a judge described some of the evidence against her as “unlikely” and “ornate”.
- Kaur was accused of beating a child and dragging others
- But the judge found that the charges were unfounded
- She said Mrs Kaur’s staff seemed to have an agenda
Rupinder Kaur, 41, was alleged to have assaulted the children, who were between 18 months and 3 years old, on three separate occasions 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 as the child would not sit down.
In the second indictment, Ms. Kaur was accused of angrily dragging a three-year-old boy by the arm into a room, while the third incident was that she pulled two young boys out from under a piece of furniture.
Ms Kaur denied the charges and stood trial in Perth Magistrates Court over the past two days.
Witnesses had agenda: judge
The witnesses against were former employees of the childcare center, who testified that they saw the incidents.
But today, Judge Belinda Coleman dismissed their evidence, describing some of it as “amazing,” “ornate” and “unlikely.”
She also said a witness to one of the alleged assaults “appeared to have some sort of agenda against Mrs Kaur.”
Ms Kaur testified during the trial that she did not commit any of the assaults and that she was at the center “to teach children and not to punish them.”
Mrs Coleman said she had no doubt Mrs Kaur was telling the truth.
The latest incident in August 2020 involving the two young boys led to a formal complaint against Mrs Kaur and a police investigation.
“The unfounded allegation then grew into a fishing expedition,” Ms Coleman said
Kaur was also initially accused of endangering the safety of a 10-month-old child in July 2019.
In a statement from the police, it was alleged that while feeding the baby in an aggressive manner, the child temporarily lost consciousness.
But at the start of the trial, the police prosecutor dropped the charge because he said a review of the evidence had found that there were no reasonable prospects of conviction.
Ms. Kaur was awarded $ 19,289 in legal costs.
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