A WOMAN who abandoned two primary school-aged children in a fly-infested Port Glasgow flat stacked with four-feet-high piles of rotten rubbish is yet to engage with social workers for a court-ordered background report.

Kelly Marie Sleith had been due to be sentenced on Wednesday but matters had to be adjourned until next month.

Sleith - who left the youngsters in the squalid home for a fortnight with just £10, some bread and the clothes on their backs - has not received a social work appointment letter due to an issue with her mail, Greenock Sheriff Court was told.

It was stated that the 38-year-old hadn't got any letters as her postman had been suspended for dumping mail in a bin in Gourock, as reported by the Telegraph earlier this month.

An earlier hearing was told that police officers noted one of the youngsters to be 'extremely pale and gaunt looking' after checking in at the home following reports of an unrelated disturbance in the street.

After entering the property, officers smelled damp, rotten food and faeces and could not see any floor space inside due to 'piles of general waste littered throughout the flat'.

Procurator fiscal depute Ashley Pollock told the sheriff court last month: "There was electricity but no light bulbs in any of the rooms. The meter had just £2 remaining.

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"There was an uncountable number of dirty dishes, open cans of food, a large number of out-of-date milk cartons and there was a strong smell of decay.

"The children advised police that the only clothes they had were those they were wearing.

"There were countless fruit flies and it was difficult for officers to remain there."

One of the bedrooms in the disgusting home was said to have been 'inaccessible' due to 'copious' piles of rotten rubbish piled three or four feet high.

The living room had an 'excessive' amount of waste, while sanitary towels and insects were found all over.

The smell coming from the place was described as 'overpowering' and officers were told that Sleith left in August 2020, stating she was going to visit a friend in England and would be back a week later.

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Her defence solicitor said Sleith, who has no previous convictions, was arrested south of the border more than a year later, in October 2021.

The lawyer had put forward a possible defence of reduced criminal responsibility, however, following psychiatric tests Sleith - who now lives in Gourock - was assessed as being fit and without any mental disorder.

Sheriff James Varney deferred sentence further for the preparation of the reports until November 8.