AN angry mum says her schoolgirl daughter has been left scarred for life while a would-be tattoo artist has got off almost ‘scot free’.
Colin John Hawkins was given a six-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty to inking a 15-year-old girl for practice with a £50 tattooing kit he bought online.
I am absolutely fuming about it. I was completely gobsmacked when I heard what the sentence was. My daughter will be left with a scar and this idiot has got off scot-free with just a slap on the wrist.Angry mum
The 22-year-old from Baltimore Avenue, Town End Farm, was also ordered to pay the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, £200 in compensation.
However, the teenager’s mother, said she is furious with the sentence and the cost of the removal of the tattoo at a private clinic will run into several hundred pounds, which the family is having to fund.
The mum said: “I am absolutely fuming about it. I was completely gobsmacked when I heard what the sentence was.
“My daughter will be left with a scar and this idiot has got off scot free with just a slap on the wrist. It is a joke. I have already spent more than £200 on the removal sessions and there are lots more to go.”
During the court case earlier this month, Sunderland magistrates heard how Hawkins had got his partner to put an advert out on social medial appealing for people he could practice on for free.
At the beginning of October the girl went along to the defendant’s home in Town End Farm and had the tattoo, featuring a word and a symbol, on her body.
Her mother discovered the tattoo when she saw a photo of it on Instagram and challenged the teenager.
Hawkins’ defence was the girl had told him she was 16, however, in fact, it is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18.
The mum said: “He shouldn’t have even touched my daughter never mind given her a tattoo, its like a form of assault. The law is 18 for a reason.
“All the celebrities have tattoos and the young ones want to copy them.
“She had been pestering me to get one and I completely refused. I said when she was 18 it was her decision, but there was no way she was getting one before. Then you get someone like this offering to do it for free and not checking her age.”
The mum said the tattoo was in no way professional looking and claims the removal clinician said it was bobbled on the skin because the needle has gone in too far.
She said: “My daughter is now realising what a big mistake she has made, it looks absolutely horrendous.
“It is coming up to her prom and the tattoo won’t be gone for then, so we are having to try different ways of covering it up. But, she will be left with a scar.”
Lee Poppett, prosecuting, told the court that Hawkins had not done any research into whether or not a 16-year-old could be tattooed and had no training in the art at all.
Duncan Emmerson, defending, said his client acted out of ignorance and had he known the age of consent was 18 he would not have carried out the procedure. He has also disposed of the tattoo kit.