Mum-of-three jailed for 20 weeks after letting her children play truant

February 19, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A mum-of-three who repeatedly failed to send her three children to school has been jailed for 20 weeks – after her FIFTH truancy prosecution.

The unnamed woman’s children – aged six, 14 and 15 – were still skipping classes despite repeated warnings.

Prosecutors said their attendance record had not improved despite the mum previously receiving a 12-week suspended prison sentence.

The woman, of Penryn, Cornwall, failed to attend meetings with welfare officers, magistrates in Truro heard.

Magistrates imposed an additional eight weeks onto the previous suspended sentence.

Speaking after the hearing, John Heath, Cornwall Council’s  principal education welfare officer, said: “Prosecution is a last resort when everything else has failed.

“Where parents are finally taken to court for school attendance offences they do run the risk of being fined or sent to prison.”

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