Man slaps child's mother over Harry Potter toy

  September 14, 2003 at 9:43 PM ET
  Cheeser     The Scotsman

A 54-year-old Scottish man struck his partner across the faceopens in new window in an apparent argument over why he had let their daughter buy a Harry Potter figure with her birthday money:

The pair arrived home and Miss McNiven asked where their daughter had got the toy. When told, she demanded to know why Arnott had let her get the gift. She then branded him "useless" and threw a card at him.

Miss McNiven refused hospital treatment, but complained of toothache and a sore cheek. Arnott, who is registered disabled, later expressed sorrow over the attack.

"He now accepts what he done was wrong," said his lawyer.

The two have since split up, and the man fined £250 ($400) for the attack.


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