A mum said to have given
permission for her 12-year-old daughter to be bought drink has been strongly
Hazel Aitchison (26) appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday and admitted buying the youngster, who was at a sleepover in her home, a quarter bottle of vodka.
However, the court was shocked to learn she had checked with the youngster’s mum before letting her drink it.
Adrian Fraser, procurator fiscal depute, said the young girl had been in Aitchison’s care on July 26 last year when the older woman was given money to buy the alcohol.
He said: “She went to the shop and returned a short time later giving the young person a quarter bottle of vodka and some change. She then allowed the alcohol to be consumed by the youngster in her charge.”
The fiscal depute said when Aitchison was charged she told police “I only did it once” and the girl’s mum had given permission.
Aitchison, who is due to give birth in April, previously admitted culpably and recklessly purchasing and providing alcohol for a 12-year-old in her care and allowing it to be consumed at her home at 33 Ross Crescent, Camelon
Elaine Lawlor, NHS Forth Valley’s alcohol and drug co-ordinator, said: “Alcohol can put young people at serious risk of harm. Current scientific evidence states that an alcohol-free childhood is the healthiest and best option.”
Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson, said: “It is extremely irresponsible for any adult to purchase alcohol for someone so young. Alcohol can cause serious damage to a young person’s health and these actions are simply unacceptable.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Individuals aged over 18 should never purchase alcohol for those under the legal age and we will investigate all circumstances where it is suspected an adult has supplied youths with drink.
“Retailers are also reminded to be vigilant for anyone attempting to proxy purchase and report any suspicions.”
Sheriff John Mundy deferred sentence for six months for Aitchison to be of good behaviour.