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Mum jailed after leaving sick daughter to die at home while she went to the pub

Temi

Oct. 29, 2020

A mother who left her dying daughter on the sofa while she went to the pub has been jailed.
Robyn Goldie, 13, suffered from peritonitis and died on July 26, 2018, after suffering from a perforated duodenal ulcer.
She 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 Sharon Goldie refused.
Goldie, 45, also refused a friend’s offer to take Robyn to hospital in a taxi.
The next day, Robyn was in the garden asking a neighbour to help her get an ambulance and saying she could not breathe but again Goldie intervened and took her back inside.
Sentencing Goldie to three years and six months in prison, 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.’
Goldie pleaded guilty to wilfully ill-treating and neglecting her daughter.
She also admitted failing to provide her daughter with adequate food, clothing or heating, hitting her, and permitting her to smoke cannabis and drink alcohol.
The court also heard how Goldie, from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, exposed Robyn to unhygienic living conditions, including cat urine and cat faeces, which led to her getting fleas.
Lord Beckett said Goldie 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.’
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