Published: 20/08/2009 00:00 - Updated: 24/11/2011 14:11

Drunken TV actress in child neglect shame

Imogen Boorman
Imogen Boorman

AN actress who has starred in sci-fi and horror films and TV soaps including Casualty and Coronation Street was arrested when she was found in an intoxicated state in pouring rain with a child who was in fancy dress.

Troubled star Imogen Boorman appeared at Tain Sheriff Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to being in charge of a child and wilfully exposing the child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury while she was intoxicated with alcohol or drugs.

The charge added that Boorman was unable to care for the child who was inadequately clothed for the prevailing weather conditions.

Procurator fiscal Alistair MacDonald said a witness saw Boorman (38), of Coach House, West Kindeace, Invergordon, in a state of intoxication with the youngster and called the police.

"The accused's clothing was in disarray and torn. The child was dressed up in fancy dress. Both were soaked and she was not making any sense," said the fiscal.

Police attended and when Boorman realised they wanted to take the child away, she dropped the child from her arms.

"Police fortunately caught the child. The accused was clearly unable to look after the child and the accused was taken into custody," Mr MacDonald added.

Defence solicitor David Hingston said Boorman was very drunk and there was a history of alcohol problems.

Sheriff David Sutherland placed Boorman on probation for two years with a condition that she undertakes alcohol treatment and counselling.

She was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of community service.

Boorman starred in the suspense horror Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 and the sci-fi movie The Tripods.

She has also had parts in hit TV series including A Touch Of Frost, Lovejoy and soaps Coronation Street and Casualty where her role was Nikki Wyatt.

Boorman hit the headlines in 2006 when she appeared in the same court to admit struggling with ambulance staff at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

An ambulance had been called to her home at Kindeace by her boyfriend after she accidentally cut herself with a wine glass. But she shouted and swore at police and medical staff who were trying to help her.

After another incident, she was given probation and community service for resisting arrest and struggling with police at her home in November 2007.

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