Faye successfully defended the teaching assistant who had been working at a specialist behavioural school for children permanently excluded from mainstream education.
The defendant, who was of good character, physically restrained the 7 year old child following an incident within the school premises.
The prosecution asserted that the restraint techniques used were unlawful and the defendant went beyond reasonable force when defending herself. The defendant asserted that she was not guilty of child cruelty as she was acting in self defence.
At trial, the court found that the defendant had used reasonable force and she was acquitted of the charge.