Man released from prison swore at Ipswich job centre manager over benefits, court told

Man swore at Job Centre staff over benefit payments

Man swore at Job Centre staff over benefit payments - Credit: PA

A 46-year-old man has admitted threatening behaviour towards the assistant manager of a job centre.

Bevan Ash, of Black Horse Lane, Ipswich, pleaded guilty when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

The incident occurred on September 23.

Prosecutor Wayne Ablett said Ash had an appointment at the job centre at St Phoenix House in Ipswich.

As the assistant manager was explaining to Ash about filling in some forms in relation to his benefits he became angry and began swearing at her.

Mr Ablett said Ash had been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment last year for supplying heroin and crack cocaine.

Ash, representing himself, said he had become frustrated because at the time his benefits had not restarted following his release from prison.

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He said he knew he had “kicked off”, but could not remember why.

Ash told the court he had been waiting for six weeks for his benefits to restart and that he had been sleeping on the streets.

Magistrates were told it was the stress of not being able to get his money that led to him getting upset.

Ash was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay the assistant manager £30 in compensation.

He must also pay a £150 criminal courts charge.

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