Mother, 45, who left her daughter dying on sofa to go to pub is jailed

Mother, 45, who left her 13-year-old daughter dying on the sofa to go to the pub is jailed for three-and-a-half years

  • Sharon Goldie, 45, failed to seek medical treatment for daughter, Robyn Goldie
  • The 13-year-old died in July 2018 after suffering a perforated duodenal ulcer
  • In week before she died, teenager tried to get treatment but mother stopped her 
  • Goldie of Wilshaw, North Lanarkshire, was jailed for three years and six months

A mother who left her dying 13-year-old daughter on the sofa while she went to the pub has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Robyn Goldie developed peritonitis and died in July 2018 having suffered a perforated duodenal ulcer after Sharon, 45, failed to seek medical treatment for her.

The court heard that in the week before she died the teenager tried to get treatment but Goldie stopped her from doing so.

Goldie, 45, pleaded guilty at a previous court hearing to willfully ill treating and neglecting her daughter in a manner likely to cause her unnecessary suffering or injury to health between July 12, 2017 and July 26, 2018.

Sharon Goldie, 45, pictured above with her daughter, has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after she left 13-year-old Robyn dying on the sofa while she went to the pub

She admitted failing to provide her daughter with adequate food, clothing or heating, hitting her, and permitting her to smoke cannabis and drink alcohol.

The 45-year-old from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, pleaded guilty to exposing her to unhygienic living conditions including cat urine and cat faeces, which led to her getting fleas.

Sentencing her in a High Court sitting at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today, Lord Beckett told Goldie she showed ‘considerable cruelty over a prolonged period’ and said there was no alternative to a custodial sentence.

He said: ‘Even if your daughter could sometimes be challenging and difficult, she was subjected to a terrible ordeal of neglect and ill treatment by you over a long period.

‘You had enough money to provide food for your daughter but chose not to and purchased alcohol and cannabis, you gave this to your daughter instead of adequate nutrition.’

The court heard Robyn was feeling unwell in the week before her death and by July 24 was pale and shivering, and said she needed an ambulance but her mother refused.

Goldie, above, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to willfully ill treating and neglecting her daughter in a manner likely to cause her unnecessary suffering or injury to health

She also refused a friend’s offer to take Robyn to hospital in a taxi.

On July 25, Robyn was in the garden asking a neighbour to help her get an ambulance and saying she could not breathe but again Ms Goldie intervened and took her back inside.

Describing July 26, the day Robyn died, Lord Beckett said: ‘Your daughter was in pain that afternoon, you gave her a painkiller and went to the pub.

‘By the time you came home she was slumped on the sofa but you and your friend went into the garden to have a drink because the weather was nice.

‘She was dead an hour later.’ 

Sentencing her in a High Court sitting at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, pictured, on Thursday, Lord Beckett told Goldie she showed ‘considerable cruelty over a prolonged period’ (file photo)

Prosecutors accepted Goldie’s not guilty plea to a charge of culpable homicide. She was sentenced to three years and six months in prison.

The court heard Goldie suffered a serious traumatic brain injury when she was nine, which affected her cognitively and physically and has had an impact on her ability to manage over the years

Solicitor advocate Marco Guarino, representing Goldie said: ‘This is a lady who clearly has difficulties both mentally and physically, impacting on her ability in how to view things and the consequences of actions or omissions and I think that lies at the root of her culpability in this case.

‘I can say to my Lord there is no punishment this court can impose that will be greater than the one she is suffering just now as a result of her actions, the death of her child.’

He told the court Goldie’s 25-year-old daughter recently died in tragic circumstances in China and she has one remaining child, a 23-year-old son.

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