Twisted carer who caged toddler and starved boy, 4, claims she has ‘no regrets’

A twisted woman who kept a toddler in a makeshift cage made a rude gesture to a reporter and said she has "no regrets" as she walked into court yesterday.

Claire Boyle, 34, and partner Timothy Johnstone were both convicted of neglect over offences in October 2018.

She attended Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Thursday, March 11, and told a BBC Scotland reporter that she has no regrets over her heinous actions.

In the clip, Boyle covers her face and gives a middle finger to the journalist as she and her 57-year-old partner Johnstone are heading inside the court.

The journalist asks: "Do you have any regret whatsoever?"

"No," she replies and walks away.

According to reports, Boyle kept a two-year-old toddler in a cage-like wooden cot and starved a four-year-old boy in a flat.

Her abuse was revealed when the older boy fled the flat through a six-inch gap and was found walking the streets alone.

After being taken to hospital for a check-up, medics discovered so many bruises on the lad they thought he may have blood cancer or a blood clotting disorder, the Daily Record reports.

She added the "number, size and pattern" of bruises he had left her "worried" and that there were "fingertip bruises" suggesting "a child having been grabbed."

Sentencing had been deferred for background reports to be prepared, and at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Thursday a sheriff ruled it was better for both Boyle and the public if she was spared prison.

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Sheriff Michael Higgins pointed out the law states that judges should only jail criminals if there is no other appropriate sentence available.

The couple were cleared of claims they also neglected a baby, and a charge alleging they'd assaulted the older boy was withdrawn during the trial.

But Sheriff Higgins convicted Boyle of neglecting both the two-year-old and the four-year-old children, and Johnstone of neglecting the four-year-old alone.

Boyle had two prior convictions for child neglect, including trying to sell a baby for £1 million on a Scots high street in 2015.

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