Mother Jailed for Going Out Drinking While Daughter Lay Dying on Sofa

A mother who left her teenage daughter dying alone on their sofa while she went out drinking has been jailed. Robyn Goldie, 13, developed abdomen illness peritonitis after suffering a stomach ulcer in July 2018 and died because her mother Sharon Goldie failed to seek medical treatment for her, a court heard.

In the week before her death, Robyn reported feeling unwell and by July 24 was pale and shivering. She had said she needed an ambulance but her mother refused. She also refused a friend's offer to take Robyn to hospital in a taxi, the court was told.

Robyn died on July 26. A day before, she was in the garden asking a neighbor to help her get an ambulance and saying she could not breathe, but her mother intervened and took her back inside. Sentencing Goldie to three years and six months in prison, the judge, Lord Beckett, told her: "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, 45, from Wishaw in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, pleaded guilty at a previous court hearing to wilful ill-treatment and neglect of her daughter over the period of a year from July 2017 to July 2018. She admitted failing to provide her daughter with adequate food, clothing, or heating, hitting her, and permitting her to smoke cannabis and drink alcohol. She also pleaded guilty to exposing Robyn to unhygienic living conditions including cat urine and cat feces, which led to her getting fleas.

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

Robyn Goldie and Sharon Goldie
Robyn Goldie, 13, developed peritonitis and died in July 2018 after her mother Sharon Goldie failed to seek medical treatment for her

The judge 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."

Prosecutors accepted Goldie's not guilty plea to a charge of culpable homicide. The court was told the mother had experienced a serious traumatic brain injury aged nine, which affected her cognitively and physically, impacting her ability to manage over the years.

Representing Goldie, solicitor advocate Marco Guarino 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. 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 that Goldie's 25-year-old daughter recently died in tragic circumstances in China and she has one remaining child, a 23-year-old son.