Scarred woman says she’s not had justice

Nadine Craig's injury, shortly after the 2007 incident
Nadine Craig's injury, shortly after the 2007 incident

A young woman left with permanent scarring after an incident at Galashiels Academy six years ago has said justice has not been done.

Nadine Craig, now 20, was speaking outside Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday, after Scottish Borders Council was fined £48,000 for health and safety breaches.

Aged 14, Miss Craig was dragged by her scarf into an unguarded lathe in a woodwork class at the school,receiving a burn on her neck which required 40 stitches and which has left a 28cm scar.

Miss Craig said: “I dont feel like I’ve had justice because no-one personally has been made accountable for this.

“I have to live with this scar for the rest of my life and it is something I am ashamed of people seeing.

“I was off school for six months because of this.

“It was terrifying. I could have died.”

Miss Craig claimed: “The school wanted rid of me so I would not be there when the teacher was in school.

“Okay, he took early retirement, but he got paid for that.

“I never got an apology from the teacher.”

The council admitted breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act last Monday, when Sheriff Kevin Drummond deferred sentence until this week.

The prosecutor had said the offence carried “a limitless fine”.

Miss Craig, who now lives in Fife, was awarded £27,000 when a civil claim for damages was settled in 2011.