Daughter’s shock when her mother was jailed

Daughter speaks of the shock when her mother was jailed for four years…

The daughter of a Dunfermline woman who is serving a four-year prison term said “it’s like you have been given your own sentence”.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Press about the shock when she discovered her mother had been arrested and charged in 2014.

She said: “My life changed forever that night.

“It all started on a normal Friday night when my older brother asked if I was in. I knew instantly something was wrong because he never comes unless it’s Christmas or a birthday. Nothing could prepare me for what was coming next.”

They were told by social workers that their mum had been arrested, they couldn’t tell them what the charges were, only that she would appear in court within days.

In a project run by Fife Council, she is one of four women who wrote about their own experiences of being “left behind” by a family member in prison.


The booklet, which aims to help others who find themselves in the same situation, contains information about visiting and communicating with a prisoner, the day at court, supporting children through what is a very difficult time and dealing with other people’s attitudes.

The daughter said: “I was very angry and in utter shock. We just spent the whole weekend asking so many questions, making up scenarios and thinking what it could possibly be that she’d done.


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