SENTENCE on a man who bought booze for two underage girls who claimed they wanted it for their grandmother was deferred this week.

William Cameron, 44, of Fraser Avenue, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday after admitting buying alcohol on behalf of two girls, aged 15 and 16, from a shop in Fraser Avenue on July 6 last year.

He had bought a bottle of vodka, a quarter bottle of vodka, a bottle of Mad Dog 2020 and a bottle of apple sours for the girls who had told him they were buying it for their grandmother.

Depute fiscal Claire Bremner said the girls then went to Prestonhill Quarry and drank the alcohol which caused them to become very drunk. 
One of them was very drunk and, apparently feeling suicidal, went into the water at the quarry up to her neck.

A friend managed to get her out and police were called. An ambulance was then called and took her to Victoria Hospital.

Cameron was identified as the person who had bought the alcohol and was later arrested. He told police that he was told the alcohol was for their gran.

Cameron had also previously admitted neglecting two children in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health by keeping them in filthy conditions and exposing them to insecure controlled drugs and insecure weapons on February 5, 2015.

Sheriff Charles Macnair said buying alcohol for children was a “serious offence”.

Before deferring sentence until March 15 for the production of reports, he told Cameron: “You have seen the impact of that and I cannot believe you really thought that the alcohol being purchased was for the grandparent.

“It seems to me, at the very best, you turned a blind eye to who was consuming it. It should have been perfectly obvious that it was going to be consumed by children.”