A cruel mother who left her dying daughter to go to the pub was today (thurs) jailed for three and a half years.
Sharon Goldie subjected 13-year-old Robyn to a year of neglect and abuse culminating in her failing to get medical treatment for the sick child.
A judge today rejected a defence plea to spare Goldie (45) a prison sentence for her criminal conduct.
Lord Beckett told her at the High Court in Edinburgh: "When your daughter became ill and was repeatedly trying to get to hospital you were substantially motivated by protecting yourself from closer scrutiny by the authorities which would have inevitably followed hospital admission."
The judge said that as the protection of the public was not a material consideration in Goldie's case he had considered very carefully whether he could deal with her in some other way rather than imprisonment.
But Lord Beckett told Goldie: "Yours was a crime involving considerable cruelty over a long period.
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"The judge said he concluded that a jail sentence was required because of its gravity and to express society's disapproval of such conduct."
Lord Beckett said a suitable sentence would have been four years but it would be reduced following her guilty plea.
Goldie, of Lomond Drive, Wishaw, in North Lanarkshire, was originally charged with killing her daughter, but the Crown accepted her not guilty plea to the culpable homicide charge.
She admitted an offence under Children and Young Persons legislation of wilfully ill treating and neglecting Robyn between July 12 2017 and July 26 in 2018 when her daughter died after developing peritonitis due to a perforated stomach ulcer.
During that period Goldie struck the child, pulled her hair, bit her and spat at her. She allowed the girl to drink alcohol and smoke cannabis and failed to ensure she attended school.
She also failed to obtain and prevented her daughter getting timely and adequate medical treatment.
Doctors said she would have been expected to survive if her condition was discovered. The child had begged her mother to get her help in the days leading to her tragic death and complained that she was "hurting all over".
But Goldie accused her of "attention seeking" and told her to get in the house when she sought to enlist the aid of a neighbour to get her help.
Instead of helping the child Goldie went to a local pub on the day of her daughter's death. She returned home with her unresponsive daughter lying slumped across a sofa.
Goldie got a drink from the fridge and went outside with a friend.
When the friend checked on Robyn she was found to be dead. An ambulance was called but Goldie told paramedics: "She's at it."
When she was told that her daughter had passed away she began wailing and said: "No. she cannot be."The court heard that the child suffered horrifying neglect when living with her mother and at times was reduced to begging for money for food.
Robyn had previously enjoyed a stable life while living with her grandmother, but returned to live with her mother in 2017.
Social workers who were monitoring them said there was often friction between them and the girl was unhappy with her mother's drinking.
Prosecutor Ashley Edwards QC said that Goldie appeared to be a regular at the Melody Bar in Wishaw."Robyn was often seen attending there looking for Goldie and asking for money to buy food," she said.
She added that the child also approached a neighbour asking for pounds 1 to buy food.
The girl was described as "thin, dirty and unkempt" and lived in unhygienic conditions. She was exposed to cat faeces and urine and contracted fleas.
Prior to her death she had complained of a sore stomach and legs and was given painkillers. On the day of her death a social worker turned up at their home in Lomond Drive but Goldie only spoke to her through the letterbox.
Defence solicitor advocate Marco Guarino said that Goldie had "significant mental and physical disabilities" and had suffered a serious, traumatic brain injury during her childhood.
He said she was "completely and utterly overwhelmed" by the circumstances surrounding her daughter's death and has shown grief.
He said that following her guilty plea there had been protests outside her house and graffiti daubed and police advised her to move.
Mr Guarino said: "She is horrified by the extent of the distaste that has been shown in the community."The defence lawyer said she did not present a risk to the community at large and an alternative to a custodial sentence was available.