A brute who battered a disabled seven-year-old girl because she couldn’t pronounce the word “penguin” has avoided a jail term.
David Wilson, Findhorn Place, Dundee, admitted a string of assaults committed in the 1970s and 1980s on two children at addresses in Dundee.
In one, he punched a girl born with spina bifida in the face – knocking out one of her teeth – after drilling her on the pronunciation of “penguin”.
On another occasion he whipped the girl with a belt buckle because she had scuffed one of her shoes.
Wilson, 71, pleaded guilty on indictment at the sheriff court to assaulting a primary school-age girl from October 1975 until October 1980 to her severe injury.
He further admited assaulting a boy on various occasions between January 1975 and December 1984 to his injury.
Sheriff Alastair Brown spared him a prison sentence because of the passage of time and his lack of other criminal convictions.
Instead, the sheriff imposed a restriction of liberty order requiring him to remain at his home address from 7pm until 7am every day for six months on an electronic tag.