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Nursery worker jailed for assaulting boy in Twickenham

A nursery worker has been jailed for assaulting a toddler at a south-west London nursery after the child wet himself.

The two-year-old was hit on the head with gloves and had his genitals tapped with a ruler at the nursery in Twickenham on 18 January.

Wesley Prigmore, 21, from Hounslow, west London, was found guilty in May of two counts of assault.

On Wednesday, he was jailed for six months for the two offences.

Appeal lodged

The original trial at Richmond Magistrates' Court in May heard Prigmore swore at the toddler, who cannot be named for legal reasons, after he wet himself on two occasions.

The victim told his mother: "Weh [Wes] hit my head."

Prigmore was also accused of using a ruler to rap the child's genitals.

After he was found guilty, Julian Waskett, defending, said: "The prosecution has brought crushingly serious charges against this young man.

"It will end his career as a nursery nurse."

Magistrates' chairwoman Sarah Houston described the evidence against Prigmore as "clear and unshakeable".

Prigmore has lodged an appeal against his conviction.

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