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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 February 2007, 15:39 GMT
Wife Swap Lizzy escapes jail term
Lizzy Bardsley
The judge called Bardsley 'pig headed' for refusing help
Wife Swap star Lizzy Bardsley has been given an eight month sentence suspended for two years after being found guilty of four child cruelty charges.

The 33-year-old, from Rochdale, was found guilty of three charges of wilful assault of a child under 16 and one of wilful ill-treatment.

All the offences relate to one child, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Bardsley, who was also given a two year supervision order, shot to fame after appearing on the TV series Wife Swap.

Before passing sentence at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday, Judge Hernandez, called Bardsley "pig headed" and "lacking in empathy" for initially refusing to take the support offered to her by social services.

'Lack of humility'

He said: "One of your major faults is your lack of humility.

"You are unable to stand back and accept that your actions may have been wrong.

"I hope this gives you the opportunity to reflect on your life, consider where mistakes have been made and seek advice in an appropriate way."

Bardsley later told her defence counsel she was willing to get help to manage her behaviour.

She was hugged by friends and family as she left court after the verdict.

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