A TRAGIC man responsible for a £10,600 benefits scam was not thinking straight and his head was “a cabbage” at the time, a court heard.
Ian Phillip Davies, 55, now living in Chester, did not blame a series of tragic events in his life for what he had done but he did not think he had time to grieve properly.
Flintshire magistrates' court at Mold was told in 1994, Davies' parents both died within three weeks of each other.
In 1998 his son Stuart Davis, 21, was murdered. Three years later his wife died from breast cancer.
In 2003 Davies, formerly of Milford Street, Mold, met a nice lady, but in December that year she went missing and was found dead in a field in Buckley.
Davies, now of Hearward Road, Boughton, thought it was okay to work 19 hours a week and claim his benefits but some weeks he had worked more and realised he should have said.
Davies admitted two charged of failing to notify a change of circumstances to the Department of Work and Pensions in respect of job seekers allowance and incapacity benefits, and to the Flintshire county council in respect of housing and council tax benefit.
He was placed on a 12 month community order under which he must do 100 hours unpaid work. He must pay £281 costs.