A JOHNSTONE mum who gave drugs to her 11-year-old daughter and four other girls has been jailed.

The 29-year-old woman handed cannabis to the girl and the others, aged 12 and 13, numerous times in December 2017.

She admitted her actions during a previous hearing at Paisley Sheriff Court, pleading guilty to a charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

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The court heard she supplied her daughter, three 12-year-olds and a girl aged 13 with hand-rolled cigarettes she said contained cannabis, which “was or could be injurious to the health of said children and to the danger of their lives.”

The case was adjourned because the woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was due to go on trial over another matter in which she was charged with behaving in a threatening or abusive way and breaking bail conditions.

At Paisley Sheriff Court last week, the charge of threatening and abusive behaviour was dropped but she admitted breaking her bail conditions.

Procurator fiscal depute David McDonald told Sheriff David Pender how the woman had been plying her daughter and the other youngsters with joints.

He said: “At around 4pm on Saturday, December 9, 2017, the witness, aged 11, was out in Johnstone town centre with her friend, aged 12.

“They decided to visit the 11-year-old’s mum, the now accused.

“The accused came into the bedroom of her home holding a joint in her hand. She informed the witnesses the joint had ‘hash’ in it. Both witnesses were aware ‘hash’ refers to cannabis.

“She lit up the joint and took a couple of draws, then passed the joint to her daughter, who took a few draws before passing it to the 12-year-old, who took a few draws of it.

“Once the joint was finished, the witnesses left.”

Mr McDonald added: “About 6pm on Thursday, December 12, 2017, the 11-year-old and 12-year-old and another youngster were out in Johnstone town centre and decided to visit the accused.

“She passed an unlit joint to her daughter and she lit up the joint using a lighter. She took a few draws and then passed it to the 12-year-old, who then passed it to the other girl.

“The accused also took a couple of draws from the joint, then passed it back to the witnesses to finish off.”

It was also stated that, on December 16, 2017, the mum gave a joint to her daughter, the 12-year-old and three other girls after they went to her home.

The matter was prosecuted by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service by way of summary procedure, meaning the maximum available jail term was one of 12 months.

However, Sheriff Pender was legally bound to give the woman a reduced prison sentence for pleading guilty.

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He expressed his disappointment over the maximum sentence available to him as he caged her for 11 months.

Sheriff Pender said: “I deeply regret that this matter appears before me not on an indictment.”

The woman was also caged for two months for breaching her bail conditions.

The drug case sentence will begin when the breach of bail sentence comes to an end.

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