Mr Whippy vendor strikes boy in the face

Alan Donaldson (pictured) lost his temper after the 12-year-old asked for free ice cream.
Alan Donaldson (pictured) lost his temper after the 12-year-old asked for free ice cream. Photo credit: Facebook

A Mr Whippy salesman who lost his temper after a young boy helped himself to free ice cream has faced court.

Alan Donaldson, from the English Channel island of Guernsey, was sentenced to 120 hours community service during sentencing at Guernsey Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to assault on a minor at a previous hearing.

The 58-year-old admitted to hitting the youngster with a clenched fist and breaking one his teeth after the boy, 12, asked for a free ice cream and if he was allowed to pull the dispenser handle.

Donaldson told the boy "Only if you want a smack" but he jumped up anyway, reached up and pulled the lever, pouring ice cream on to the floor.

When Donaldson made contact with the boy he immediately said: "I didn't mean to hit you, I thought you were further away."

The youngster then told his mother and later Donaldson turned himself in at a police station and told police it had been an accident.

In court, Judge Graham McKerrell, said he would treat the incident as a one-off but added: "'One cannot go around, in any circumstances, striking 12-year-old boys."

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