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Man fined for abandoning child for pub visit in Paisley

A 50-year-old man has been fined £280 for leaving a seven-year-old boy at home to go to the pub.

John Kerr, from Paisley, Renfrewshire, was asked by the boy's mother to look after the child on 6 November 2015.

On leaving a pub and returning to the house after a one-hour absence, Kerr found police had been alerted after the tearful child had called 999.

Kerr admitted wilfully abandoning a child in his care in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard that the boy dialled 999 after he could not find Kerr.

The seven-year-old was tearful when he told an emergency operator that he only had his pets for company.

Officers went to the property and were able to re-assure the schoolboy before one climbed in through a window and comforted him.

Kerr later returned under the influence of alcohol and claimed he had gone for food for the child.

He later conceded he had visited a bar and had stayed away longer than he had intended.

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