Couple kept children in dirty drug-filled flat 'laden with flies'

Thomas Christie and Chloe Hume claimed they were waiting for benefits in order to buy items for the property.

Thomas Christie and Chloe Hume sentenced after keeping children in filthy flat filled with drugs in Glasgow iStock

A couple who kept two children in a dirty flat which contained £3,450 of drugs have been sentenced. 

Thomas Christie, 33, and Chloe Hume, 28, were snared at the property in Glasgow’s Baillieston on October 21, 2021.

The property was “laden with flies” and the kitchen was described as unhygienic.

The children were also found to be sleeping on a filthy double mattress with no sheet.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that officers searched the property after a drugs warrant was granted.

Officers raised “concerns” about the welfare of the children.

Prosecutor Gemma Barclay said: “[The property] was in a state of disarray and unkempt conditions deemed to be unusual mess.

“There were various flies and insects throughout the property.

“There were fly catching devices in the property heavily laden with dead flies.”

It was noted there was no sheet on the bed which was soiled.

Ms Barclay said: “The kitchen was noted to be in an unhygienic condition.”

The worktop was also described as “dirty” and contained household items.

The cannabis found in the kitchen was held within three bags weighing 245 grams with a monetary total of £3,450.

The pair stated that they were waiting on benefit income in order to buy items for the property.

Christie and Hume pled guilty to child neglect charges.

Christie further admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

Sheriff Kevin McCarron ordered Christie to do 150 hours of unpaid work while Hume was told to be of good behaviour for six months.

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