Mum blows £6,000 benefits on drink and drugs in just three weeks
The young mum had been given thousands in a one-off payment (Picture: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

A mother who was given a £6,000 lump sum benefits back-payment blew it all on drink and drugs, a court has heard.

Mother of two Jamie Greenwood was found by police intoxicated and staggering around a dual carriageway after a drinking binge lasting three weeks.

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The 20-year-old had been given the one-off payment of benefits and employment support allowance after being underpaid for months.

On receipt of the sum, Greenwood decided to spend £5,000 of it on alcohol and Class A drugs, the court heard.

Mum blows £6,000 benefits on drink and drugs in just three weeks
The 20-year-old spent £5,000 on drugs and drink (Picture: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

The court heard the young mother took cocaine and drank heavily during a 21-day session before concerned locals witnessed her behaviour and notified the police.

When she was picked up, Greenwood told police she had a bag of cocaine on her, Swansea magistrates heard.

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Police said Greenwood, from Neath, South Wales, kicked their car as they accosted her and discovered the £5-worth of narcotics.

‘She had been drinking heavily and mixing it with cocaine for a number of days before her arrest,’ prosecutor Julie Sullivan said.

Although Greenwood admitted possession of the drugs and to acts of drunk and disorderly behaviour, she was said to be ‘shocked’ by what she spent.

Mum blows £6,000 benefits on drink and drugs in just three weeks
She was handed a 12-month rehab order (Picture: Jaggery/Geograph)

Defending her, James McKenna blamed ‘certain associates’ who had ‘fuelled the problem’.

She was handed a 12-month rehabilitation order and handed a 28-day curfew.

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