Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Tattoo artist fined for under-age work

Tattoo machine (generic)
Image caption The tattoo artist did work on a teenager as young as 13 years old

An Edinburgh man has been fined for tattooing teenagers, one as young as 13.

Charles Stewart, 49, was caught when the parents of the youngsters saw their tattoos, which they had been trying to hide, and alerted police.

Stewart, admitted at Edinburgh Sheriff Court having a business which provided tattooing without a licence.

He carried out the offence from his home address and elsewhere between 1 January and 5 March.

Stewart also admitted tattooing five teenagers under the age of 18 - three were aged 15, one aged 16, and one aged 13 - between January and February of this year.

Defence agent Stephen Mannifield said: "He wasn't completely familiar with the legislation.

"He has learned his lesson and will certainly know for next time."

Sheriff Elizabeth Jarvie QC fined Stewart £240.

She said the fine had been reduced from £360 to reflect Stewart's guilty plea.

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