Daughter drank bleach after being attacked by father

A DEWSBURY teenager drank bleach after being attacked by her father who had accused her of becoming “too westernised”.

The 17-year-old had been wearing make-up and failed to ask permission before going to the gym when her father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pushed her over.

Kirklees magistrates heard that paramedics had called police from the family’s Earlsheaton home on October 1 because the victim had drunk bleach.

The girl told police that her father had grabbed her by the shoulder and neck and pushed her, making her fall over and hit a wardrobe.

Prosecutor Vanessa Jones said: “The complainant gave a statement and was visited by the (Kirklees Council) safeguarding team.

“She said she felt that her father didn’t like the fact that she was becoming too westernised and that there had been previous violence.”

The father, 49, pleaded guilty to an offence of assault by beating.

He admitted that there had been an incident at their home the day before and he had confiscated his daughter’s phone, but she then took her mum’s phone.

Mrs Jones said: “She was dressed up, wearing make-up and going to the gym. Her father said that she should be asking whether she could go out rather than saying she was going out.”

The teenager told magistrates that she wanted to mend her relationship with her father and did not want criminal proceedings to go against him.

He was sentenced to a nine-month community order with up to 15 days of rehabilitation activities. He will also have to pay £85 in costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

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