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Trial teacher 'left marks on boy'
Catherine Taylor
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard Catherine Taylor deny the charges
An Aberdeen head teacher allegedly left marks on a boy's neck after assaulting him, a trial has heard.

Catherine Taylor, 46, denies assaulting 10 children at a school, which is not being named for legal reasons, over several years.

One boy told the court that she grabbed hold of his neck, pushed him against a wall and held onto him, leaving marks on his neck.

The trial, at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, continues.

Being disruptive

The witness said the alleged assault took place after he had gone to Mrs Taylor's office for punishment after being disruptive in class.

Another boy said Mrs Taylor had grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and pushed him out of a door.

The trial's first witness on Monday had claimed that Mrs Taylor pulled his trousers down and held him upside down as punishment for teasing another boy.

The boy said he had been "completely embarrassed" and that his time at primary school had been "a living hell".

Andrew Gibb, defending, suggested that Mrs Taylor did her best to get youngsters with "multiple problems" on the right path.

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