‘BENEFITS ST’ STAR ON COCAINE CHARGE
FOUR residents of TV’s Benefits Street have appeared in court accused of conspiring to supply crack cocaine and heroin.
Among the defendants is Samora Roberts ( right), of James Turner Street, Winson Green, Birmingham, who is also accused of conspiring to supply cannabis and two counts of illegal possession of ammunition.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard the 33-year-old had pleaded not guilty to all the charges, with a trial expected to last three weeks.
The jury has been selected only from people who have not watched the Channel 4 reality show, which focused on the day-to-day lives of the street’s residents.
Ms Roberts appeared in the dock, alongside Charlene Wilson, 31, Tina Thomas, 47, and 39-year-old Ian Wright, all of James Turner Street, who also deny supplying crack cocaine, cannabis and heroin.
Judge Philip Parker QC addressed potential jurors, telling them that “... it might cause a problem if you’ve watched the programme.”
The case continues.