Woman behind Sick Kids scandal denies wrongdoing

Elaine McGonigle (left) with Jack McConnell and George Foulkes

By Cara Sulieman

A WOMAN at the centre of a fundraising scandal affecting a famous Scots children’s hospital has slammed her critics – and insisted she has done nothing wrong.

Elaine McGonigle, who headed of New Pyjamas fundraising campaign to raise cash for the Sick Kids in Edinburgh, has been suspended while alleged irregularities in campaign finances are investigated.

It was also claimed that she had kept on a job a second job at Rosslyn Chapel that the bosses at the fundraising appeal for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh didn’t know about.

But in a statement released yesterday (Tues), Ms McGonigle denied that she had done anything wrong and that she had herself raised concerns with the charity.

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Young boy run over twice still recovering in hospital

By Cara Sulieman

A YOUNG boy is recovering in hospital after being hit by TWO separate cars.

The seven-year-old was walking down Leslie High Street in Fife when he was knocked to the floor by a car.

As he lay on the road, a separate car travelling in the opposite direction ran him over.

He was rushed to the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh after the incident at 5.30pm on Tuesday night.

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Sick Kids’ photographer walks free after child porn trial

By Andrea McCallum

A CHILDREN’S hospital photographer has been cleared of child porn possession charges.

Leonard Cumming, 59, was suspended from his job at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children two years ago after IT workers investigated websites being accessed from his computer.

Cumming told his employers he had been accessing indecent websites as part of a project to educate staff.

Yesterday (Tues) – on the eighth day of trial evidence – Sheriff Frank Crowe returned a not proven verdict, having been convinced that all images on Mr Cumming’s computer were legitimate.

Speaking outside court, Cumming would only say: “I’m glad it’s over – I just didn’t do it.”
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Baby’s brain haemorrhage went ignored for a week

By Michael MacLeod

A TEN-week-old baby boy was forced to suffer for over a week with a brain haemorrhage after a man fell on stairs while holding him.
Robin Hay leaving court
Robin Hay, 33, was meant to be looking after the tot – who cannot be named – at an address in Edinburgh last year.

Worried relatives noticed veins were bulging from the baby’s head, but Hay shrugged off their concerns and failed to explain the youngster’s head injury.

A health visitor making a routine check was not told about the tumble either.

A second medical visitor flagged up the injuries a week later and told Hay to take the baby to the capital’s Royal Hospital for Sick Kids “immediately.”

Instead, Hay first went back to his own home before taking the injured baby to hospital.
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Dog attack victim “lucky to be alive”

dog biteBy Michael MacLeod

A DOG “like Jaws” mauled a Scots primary school boy, leaving him with blood spurting from his arm.

Eight year-old Logan Urquhart will start his school term with a dramatic tale to tell his classmates – and the scars to prove it.

He was out walking his dog with his sister Sommer, 11, and mum Laura, 31, when a bull mastiff chased the family into a shop.

The beast targeted little Logan’s right arm, chomping through the youngster’s muscle.

Now his mum is calling for the dog to be destroyed, while police have vowed to track down its owner.

Logan was left with a five-inch-long gash on his arm after the attack outside shops in the captial’s Inch area.
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Funeral for tragic mum of three

By Cara Sulieman

THE FUNERAL of a mother killed when she was knocked down by her sister-in-law in a car park tragedy will take place on Thursday.

Jackie Monteith, 41, died just over a week ago when she was hit by the Citroen Picasso in the car park of Sainsbury’s superstore at Straiton Park in Midlothian.

Sister-in-law Amanda Wood has just dropped Jackie and her three-year-old granddaughter Reilly off.

She was trying to turn their car round in a disabled parking space when the accident happened.

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Tragic carpark victim named as Jacqueline Monteith

02straitonretailpark (Medium)By Michael MacLeod

POLICE have named a woman knocked down and killed outside a busy superstore in Edinburgh.

Jacqueline Monteith, 41, was hit by a car outside a Sainsbury‘s store at Straiton Retail Park on Tuesday afternoon.

She was carrying a three year-old girl when they were hit by a blue Citroen Picasso backing into a disabled parking bay.

Both the woman and child were trapped under the car and fire fighters had to free them by lifting the vehicle with giant airbags.

Despite the best efforts of medics, Mrs Monteith died of her injuries at the scene, while the girl was taken to the city’s Sick Kids’ hospital.

The little girl was last night (Wednesday) said to be in a stable and healthy condition.

It is not known whether she has been told that Jacqueline is dead.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman appealed for anyone who saw what happened to come forward.

They added: “This was a tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the woman’s family at this difficult time.”

Tragic mum dies after car crash

By Cara Sulieman

A TRAGIC mum who crashed her car at the weekend has died from her injuries.

Sharon Lockie was driving with her son in the back seat when their car veered onto the other side of the road and collided with two cars.

The 36-year-old’s condition was described as “critical” after the smash, and she succumbed to her injuries on Thursday.

But her six-year-old son Nathaniel Murray is said to be recovering well in the Sick Kids Hospital, Edinburgh.

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Mother of dog-bite victim welcomes new bill

Barbara, Jamie, Andrew, Matthew and Craig Osborne

Barbara, Jamie, Andrew, Matthew and Craig Osborne

By Alexander Lawrie

THE mum of a toddler who had his face ripped open by a neighbour’s pet yesterday welcomed a new Bill lodged at the Scottish Parliament demanding improvements to the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Barbara Osborne heard her son’s screams as he was savagely attacked by a dog outside their home in Dalkeith last month.

Five year old Andrew is still recovering and has been left with horrific scars on his face.

And yesterday mum Barbara welcomed the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill being presented to the Scottish Parliament.

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Mum and son in hospital after head-on smash

By Michael MacLeod

A MOTHER and son spent their third night in hospital last night after a horror car crash.

The 36 year-old woman was driving her six year-old son towards Edinburgh on the A71 near Heriot Watt University when their Renault Megane crashed head-on into a Kia Sportage.

The mum was last night critically ill with serious neck and internal injuries, while her son’s condition was described as serious but stable.

Police said the driver initially veered into oncoming traffic and clipped a passing Vauxhaul Astra.

She continued on the wrong side of the road before smashing head-on into the Kia.
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