A social worker convicted of assaulting his wife has been cleared of misconduct.
Taunton magistrates conditionally discharged Reginald James, 51, of Taunton, Somerset, for 12 months for the incident in November 2009.
At a General Social Care Council conduct hearing, James admitted the facts but was cleared of misconduct.
The conduct committee concluded that the assault was “minimal and technical in nature”, that James had been severely provoked by his wife, and the incident was isolated and occurred in private during a “long but not always happy marriage”.
The chairman decided the assault did not call into question his suitability to remain on the social care register.
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