A SCHOOL teacher who prodded and pushed a naughty pupil at a Sandbach school has been ordered to pay him £750 costs and £100 compensation for his 'injuries and trauma'.
Catherine Brandley, 52, of Padgbury Lane, Congleton, was sentenced to 140 hours' community service at South Cheshire Magistrates Court on Monday.
She was told she must pay the money for 'physical and psychological injuries' caused when she prodded the boy in the chest and pushed him.
A supply teacher of 20 years, Brandley was convicted at an earlier hearing of attacking the nine-year-old boy. Both the pupil and the school cannot be named for legal reasons.
The court heard how Brandley prodded the boy and pushed him against a wall banging his head as she ticked him off outside a classroom.
Magistrates were told how the pupil had been firing staples from a staple gun and shouting when the mother-of-four singled him out.
The boy burst into tears at the end of the day and later told his mother.
In a meeting at the school, Brandley denied pushing the boy or losing her temper, but admitted prodding him in the chest.
She told the boy's mother she wished to 'put the fear of God into him', but claimed she acted in a professional manner.
Brandley, who was suspended following her arrest, now faces a disciplinary hearing where she could be fired.
Prosecuting, Jane Large applied for compensation on behalf of the boy for the 'pain and suffering and emotional trauma' the case had caused him.
Brandley, who was accompanied by her husband in court, had collapsed in court at the earlier hearing shouting, 'This is torture, I can't take any more!'.
Sentencing her, bench chairman Patricia Stalker said: 'We took into account the disparity of age between you and the victim and the fact that you were in a position of power as his teacher.
'We have also considered the impact that this has had and the physical and psychological injuries he has suffered.'
Her solicitor Peter Howland told the court he was poised to lodge an appeal against the conviction. Brandley left the court without comment.