Portsmouth tattooist inked 13-year-old girl

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An unlicensed tattooist who inked a 13-year-old girl has been given an eight-month suspended jail sentence.

Jackson Rowsell charged the girl £20 and sprayed her skin with what appeared to be Jack Daniel's whiskey before inking an "amateurish" design.

Rowsell, 19, from Portsmouth, admitted causing actual bodily harm, tattooing a child and two counts of tattooing on unlicensed premises.

His jail term was suspended for two years at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Portsmouth City Council, which brought the prosecution after a tip-off from a registered tattoo artist, said the girl saw a post on Facebook offering tattoos and agreed to go to Rowsell's home with a 16-year-old friend.

'Amateurish' design

The victim said in a statement she had wanted a tattoo but had agreed with her mother to wait until she was older.

But she made a "spur of the moment" decision to see Rowsell, who tattooed her despite being told her age and that she did not have her parents' permission, the council said.

She told council officers the resulting design "looked awful and amateurish" and she was frightened she had contracted a disease.

The teenager had to have monthly blood tests and injections in case of infection and was eventually given the all-clear.

She said: "I'm very upset about what has happened, partly because the tattoo is awful but mainly because of the worry it has caused all my family."

Rowsell, of St Faiths Road, was also ordered to carry out 120 hours community service and told to pay £300 compensation to his victim, £100 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

A description of the tattoo was not disclosed by the council for fear of identifying the child.

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