Mum left sick daughter, 13, to die at home while she went to the pub
A mum left her dying teenage daughter to go the pub after claiming the 13-year-old was ‘attention seeking’.
A judge heard how schoolgirl Robyn Goldie had suffered a year of horrific neglect before her death, including being forced to ask someone for a £1 to get food.
Her mum Sharon Goldie, 45, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire ignored the teenager’s pleas for help and left to drink with a friend.
It was only after they eventually discovered Robyn was dead that an ambulance was finally called for.
Goldie admitted wilfully ill-treating and neglecting Robyn, who died after suffering a burst stomach ulcer, at the High Court in Glasgow.
Prosecutors accepted Goldie’s not guilty plea to the culpable homicide of her daughter.
She will be sentenced next month.
The court heard how Robyn had lived with Goldie until she was four, before moving in with her gran.
She had earlier been put on the child protection register after Goldie was found to be drunk while supposedly caring for her daughter.
Robyn had also once been forced to call a gas company complaining of being cold. This lead to the child staying with her gran until 2017, in what was described as a ‘stable life’.
Robyn then returned to stay with her mum in Wishaw, Lanarkshire due to a number of reasons including starting secondary school, but social workers kept her under their watch.
Prosecutor Ashley Edwards QC said: ‘Goldie was offered – on various occasions – the opportunity to attend parenting classes. She declined to attend.
‘Goldie asked for [Robyn] to be removed from her care.’
Goldie’s drinking became an issue, causing ‘friction’ with her daughter. Social workers visited the pair, often unannounced, with arguing between them described as ‘common’.
The house was also said to be stinking of cat urine. The court heard how Robyn told a friend she did not like her mum drinking. It was at this time 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 also often approached a neighbour asking for £1 to get food,’ Miss Edwards said.
Robyn once said she had only had a yoghurt that day. The child was described as ‘thin, dirty and unkempt’.
Miss Edwards added: ‘On an occasion [at the pub], Goldie was heard to say: “I am f*****g sick of her. I wish she would go back and stay with her gran.”‘ The court heard Robyn would also film Goldie – who slapped and bit her daughter – screaming at her.
The child told friends how drunken Goldie would offer her cannabis and alcohol while ‘constantly’ insisting she did not want her in the house.
In March 2018, Robyn was then found to have a rash caused by fleas.
The week before her death, Robyn was given painkillers after complaining of a sore stomach and legs.
Goldie told staff on July 21 at the Melody Bar she had ‘locked’ her daughter in the house ‘so she could not get out’.
The next day, Robyn complained to a friend she had been ill and not eaten for days.
But, on July 24, Robyn texted her gran claiming she felt ‘a lot better’. However, a friend of Goldie saw the ‘drained’ girl that day and told the mum: ‘She’s just not well.’
That night, Robyn told Goldie to get help as she had ‘pain all over’, but her mum reportedly refused to contact an ambulance. Another friend said he would go instead with Robyn in a taxi to hospital – but Goldie stopped him, claiming the girl was ‘attention seeking’.
The next day, Robyn begged a neighbour to get her an ambulance as she could not breathe. But her mum yelled at her to ‘get in’.
The day Robyn passed away, July 26, the court heard it was ‘likely’ Robyn had a stomach ulcer which had burst.
At 9.40am, a social worker turned up to take Robyn to a catering class. But Miss Edwards explained: ‘Goldie spoke… through the letterbox explaining that Robyn was not well and had been unwell since the previous Thursday.’
Despite her daughter being ill, Goldie went to the pub. She then returned home with a friend to find Robyn slumped on a sofa, and there was no response from her daughter.
‘Goldie and the man got another drink from the fridge and went outside “because the weather was nice”,’ said Miss Edwards.
The friend later checked on Robyn again and discovered she was dead. An ambulance was called – but Goldie told paramedics: ‘She’s at it.’
On then being told her daughter had passed away, a suddenly ‘wailing’ Goldie stated: ‘No, she cannot be.’
Goldie later told police she thought Robyn had a bug, but had been getting better.
She again claimed to think her daughter had been ‘trying to wind her up’. Miss Edwards said: ‘She said she had told Robyn that ambulances are for people with heart attacks.’
Robyn was found to have died from peritonitis as a result of a perforated ulcer. A senior medic concluded that had the teenager been treated during her illness, she would have been ‘expected to survive’.
Lord Beckett, bailing her, told Goldie: ‘It is a serious case, but I want more information before deciding what to do.’