Parents may face charges for leaving children unattended



THREE BRITISH children were housed at the children’s refuge Aboim Ascensão in Faro in the early hours of Saturday (May 3) after their parents had to be taken to a local health centre for treatment after drinking too much alcohol and being deemed unable to care for them.

According to press reports, the GNR had been called by staff at the Mourabel Hotel, Vilamoura, when the couple, from Londonderry, had returned to their hotel, heavily intoxicated after being out with the children for dinner.

The couple had to be taken to Loulé health centre because of their level of intoxication and whilst they were being treated their children were housed in the children’s refuge in Faro for their own safety.

The couple have been name by the British media as Eamon and Antoinette McGukin and it is understood that they are due to face charges of negligence and being drunk in charge of minors.

Aboim Ascensão confirmed to The Resident that the three children were aged one, three and six and had been picked up by their parents between 11pm and midnight on Saturday but were unable to comment on any legal proceedings.