Thursday, 29 September 2016


A man has appeared in court today charged with punching a five-day-old baby in the face in aTesco store claiming he thought it was a doll.
David Hardy, 63, approached the shopping trolley where tiny Elsie Temple was lying in a carry cot while her mum Amy Duckers was showing her to friends, a court heard.
The court was told told the little girl was left in tears and with a red mark to her face before being taken to hospital where she was kept in for seven hours before being allowed home.
Hardy, from Baguley, Greater Manchester was later arrested but claimed he thought Elsie was a baby toy and didn't realise she was real.

Today Hardy, dressed in a grey suit, appeared before a district judge at Manchester magistrates court on the eve of his 64th birthday after his case was unexpectedly brought forward at the request of lawyers.
He admitted throwing the punch at Tesco in Baguley earlier this month but pleaded not guilty to charge of common assault saying he had no intention of hitting a baby.
He will face a trial at the JPs court next month.
Hardy had his head bowed and looked sombre as his lawyer Chris Fallows told the hearing: "This is an extremely unusual case.
"This defendant effectively a family man who has young children in the family and does not behave in a way that is suggested to this allegation.
"The crown suggest Mr Hardy deliberately punched a five day old baby to the face in a carry cot in a shopping trolley.

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