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Benefits Street drug trial: Jury discharged and new court date set

2015-05-18 17:28:54

defendantsClockwise from top left: Charlene Wilson, George Omari, Marvin Scott, Tina Thomas and 'Black Dee' Samora Roberts

The jury in the Benefits Street drug trial was discharged and a re-trial set for later this year in a dramatic morning at Birmingham Crown Court.

Four residents from the infamous street and two others were on trial facing charges of conspiracy to supply crack, heroin and cannabis.

But as the third week of their trial began, prosecutor Samantha Forsyth applied for fresh charges to be put to all six.

Discharging the jury, Judge Philip Parker QC said the prosecution were entitled to alter their case against the six defendants.

However he said evidence heard in the trial might not have been put before them on the fresh charges.

Samora Roberts, 34, Omari George, 22, and Marvin Scott, 38, will all face a fresh trial over drug dealing allegations in November.

Roberts, of James Turner Street and known as Black Dee, will face two charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply and a charge of possession of heroin.

She will also face two charges of possession of ammunition without a firearms licence.

Roberts, who became famous in the controversial Channel 4 documentary, denies all of the charges.

George, of Dora Road, Handsworth, denies a single charge of possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply.

Marvin Scott, 38, of City Road, Edgbaston, denies a count of possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply and a charge of possession of cannabis.

Tina Thomas, aged 47, of James Turner Street, denies a single charge of possession of ammunition without a firearms licence.

As the fresh charges were put, Charlene Wilson, 31, of James Turner Street, pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and a charge of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

She had previously denied charges of conspiracy to supply heroin, crack and cannabis.

Wilson will be sentenced on July 3 at Birmingham Crown Court.

Ian Wright, of James Turner Street, was found not guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin, crack and cocaine as well as charges of possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.

Roberts, George, Scott and Thomas, will all face trial on November 9 at Birmingham Crown Court.

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