Man fined after smacking step-daughter

A man has been given a suspended sentence and fined SEK 21,000 after smacking his step-daughter in a shop in Varberg, southern Sweden, TV4 news in Halland reports.

The child was pushing a child's shopping trolley with a flag on the corner, and when the stepdad got hit in the eye by the flag he slapped the child several times. Several witnesses saw the incident which was then reported to the police.

Smacking, or spanking, has been banned in Sweden since 1979.