Thursday, June 6, 2013

Julie Smith spared jail despite spending £125,000 of daughter's disability benefits on bingo and designer clothes

A mother who spent her disabled daughter's benefits on bingo and weekends away today insisted she was not a bad parent.

Despite spending £124,536 intended for 25-year-old daughter Hayley, Julie Smith, 46, blamed her addiction to gambling saying it was a release from caring.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that Hayley has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or talk and as a result receives money for her car, day centre trips and specialist equipment.