A domestic helper yesterday was found guilty and fined $1,500 for twice hitting her eight-year-old charge with a telephone receiver, but the magistrate dismissed claims of persistent child abuse. Magistrate William Ng Sing-wai ruled that Corazon Yumul, 42, was guilty of assaulting the child with a receiver at the girl's Western home early last year and at a public telephone booth outside Queen Mary Hospital on April 11. He said there was apparent affection between Yumul and the child, but the domestic helper had over-reacted while disciplining the child. 'There was not a persistent pattern of cruelty or abuse . . . it would appear the girl was quite playful sometimes,' Mr Ng said. 'I understand it is not easy to handle a playful kid, but you have over stepped yourself in disciplining her. That was contrary to your employers' explicit instructions,' he told the maid. Prosecutor Michael Cheung Kin-bor had told the court Yumul hit the girl with the public telephone receiver on April 11 because the child was running around and shouting while she was making a call. But testifying yesterday in Eastern Court, Yumul denied there was any physical contact between the receiver and the child and said she simply motioned for the girl to sit down. Yumul helped raise the child for six years and acted as a constant nanny since the divorce of the child's parents. Defence counsel Suen Kam-hee said Yumul would not be able to seek further employment as a domestic helper in Hong Kong because of the conviction. Speaking after the trial, Yumul said she would return to the Philippines when her visa expired on August 1 but was unsure whether she would be able to find work there.