Dad (38) jailed for growing cannabis

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A man who admitted growing 50 cannabis plants was today jailed for eight months.

Nicholas Brown (38), of Hop Pole, Deeping St Nicholas, admitted producing the drug between December 1 2013 and April 1 this year.

Judge Michael Heath had adjourned sentencing Brown for a week so care could be found for his 15-year-old son after telling him he faced a prison term.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Brown had previously been fined for producing one cannabis plant and was in breach of a suspended sentence.

Passing sentence, Judge Heath told Brown: “You are 38 and pleaded guilty at a preliminary hearing to producing cannabis.

“There were 50 plants in various stages of propagation. Some was for your own use and some was for supply.

“You had been fined on February 8, 2012 for producing cannabis, all be it just one plant.

“You are in breach of a suspended sentence.

“I am told you did well on that programme and completed the community requirement.”

A destruction order was made for the cannabis plants and growing equipment at the request of the prosecution.

Judge Heath added: “I adjourned sentence for arrangements to be made for the care of your 15-year-old son.

“I am aware you are the sole carer. He cannot be seen as a get out of jail card.

“I am told that has now been done.”

Brown was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment for producing cannabis and a one month concurrent term for breaching a suspended sentence.