A DAD who slapped his daughter after accusing her of posting "embarrassing" pictures of him on Snapchat has been found guilty of assault and charged £748.

Gary Finn, 51, smacked the 15-year old he regarded as ''his Princess'' with the back of his hand after she railed against him in a blazing row.


It is thought Finn had asked the teenager how she would like it if he posted similar pictures of her online but the pair began tussling when he grabbed her phone.

She tried to snatch it back and storm out of the lounge but they had to be split up by Finn's partner who heard the brawl from upstairs.

Police charged to the property in Kearsley near Bolton, Greater Manchester following the family horror.

Finn, a recycling company manager who rakes in £39,000 a year, has never previously been in trouble with police.

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But he was later charged with assault by beating – which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

In a statement the daughter, who suffers from anorexia, said: “I’ve seen him be violent before but this was different – he made me more scared than usual.

"I feel like I can be angry towards people because of him.”

At Wigan magistrates court, Finn admitted assault and was fined £748 and told to pay £384 in costs and a victim surcharge.

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He was also slapped with a 12-month restraining order banning him from contacting his now estranged daughter.

The company boss has since moved out of the family home and lives with his sister.

The incident occurred at 11.30pm on August 19 as the family were getting ready for bed.

Prosecutor Miss Hannah Nicholls told how Finn had gone into the front room topless where his daughter was watching TV.

She started laughing and mimicking his voice but Finn became upset, thinking his daughter was taking photos of him.

Miss Nicholls said Finn then suggested he might post embarrassing pictures of his daughter on social media and took hold of her phone.

She added: ''The daughter had been diagnosed with anorexia during the lockdown and was very conscious of her body.

"She then tried to grab her phone back and walk through the door but he then threw his hand back and hit her square in the face."

The strike left the 15-year-old with a "red bruise on her face" and an argument exploded – Finn's partner charged downstairs to find the dad grabbing his daughter with both hands.

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The teenager "spat on him" before the police were called and Finn was taken into custody in the early hours where he was said to be ''deeply remorseful".

In a statement read to the court Finn apologised and said: “At my age I don’t even know how to use social media.

"I still thinks of my daughter as my princess and I have many happy memories of her.''

Finn's lawyer Samantha Cole said he had been under strain due to his daughter's anorexia, which once saw her admitted to hospital as well as self-harm – the pressure saw the parent's relationship collapse.

Miss Cole added: “The incident was just a tussle between them and the assault was a quick instinctive thing. It started as banter with banter and went way too far from that.

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"This is an extremely sad case concerning a family that, in my opinion, should not be put before the criminal justice system."

Sentencing JPs told Finn: ''Any domestic violence is a serious matter but this is a sad one off family incident.”

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