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Cannabis Grower Gets Suspended Sentence

Thursday May 9 2013

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

A MAN who grew cannabis plants worth around £5,400 in the basement of a flat has been given a 26-week jail sentence, suspended for a year.

Ashley Andrew Stockton, 25, had a 'quite sophisticated set-up' for cultivating the six plants, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Chantel Lowery-Green, prosecuting, said equipment in the basement included a tent, lights, fans and feeders.

She said police had gone to the flat about something else and smelled cannabis.

Stockton, of Carlton, admitted cannabis production and benefit fraud.

Alan Greaves, defending, said Stockton was growing the cannabis for his own use. He had no idea how much the plants would yield and had no plans to sell the drug.

He said Stockton failed to tell the Department of Work and Pensions he had a job as a bouncer.

Mr Greaves added: "He had hoped to apply for a licence so he could get another job as a doorman. That is out of the question now."

District Judge John Foster said Stockton should have been sent to crown court for a stiffer sentence but his hands had been tied by lay magistrates at an earlier hearing.

"Given the effort put into converting the basement and the estimated value of the (cannabis) plants, you are lucky to have been dealt with by me," he said.

Stockton was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work and given an eight week curfew.

He was made to pay £85 in costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

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Reply Posted by mick on Thursday May 9 2013 at 10:28
Smak Rat druggy . The scum are everywhere!

Reply Posted by caz on Thursday May 9 2013 at 10:34
Crime Pays.... Think i'll try it... Better pay than my full time job!

Reply Posted by 187 on Thursday May 9 2013 at 12:03
oh no you cant make money without the government takin a big chunk free the weed :p

Reply Posted by Jason on Thursday May 9 2013 at 13:56
i don't understand nobody dies on canabis but people die on alcohol why is canabis such a bad thing look at amsterdam there is less crime over there and loads of crime over here cause of it id legalize the stuff.

Reply Posted by Grim on Thursday May 9 2013 at 18:45

As always somebody quotes Amsterdam when in actual fact crime is high there and they have big problems with drugs. Cannabis causes paranoia and lots of other issues SUCH AS CRIME ( see above).

Reply Posted by 187 on Friday May 10 2013 at 12:54
the goods outweigh the bads tenfold but it must be bad if the government say so haha too many sheep need to open there eyes

Reply Posted by Rothschild on Tuesday May 14 2013 at 09:48
Actually Grim, you're wrong. Compare crime rates in Amsterdam to London. London is far, far more dangerous.

Reply Posted by Grim on Saturday May 18 2013 at 11:32
We were not talking about London as it is a city. We were talking about Barnsley which is basically a big village.

Reply Posted by Lee on Thursday May 16 2013 at 19:27
Actually the crime rate in Amsterdam is much lower than in the UK.... Oh and they also have substantially lower rates of mental illness than we do.

Reply Posted by Grim on Saturday May 18 2013 at 11:33
Please do post your findings Lee.....no I thought not.