Sunday, 8 June 2014

Court: Cannabis farmer avoids prison

A 25-year-old Halifax man avoided jail after pleading guilty at Bradford Crown Court to producing almost half a kilo of cannabis.

Police raided the home of Andrew Sirmond at Sunnybank Road, Halifax, in April 2013 and discovered a locked room containing a dismantled cannabis farm and 437g of the ‘skunk’ varient of the drug with an estimated value of £3,745.

The father-of-three was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and to attend 30 days supervision from the Probation Service.

Presiding judge Colin Burn said: "Even though you have responsibilities, you let yourself go in a bad a way - the reality is that you're making your house a target to criminals who know what’s there.

"It seems to me that if you had decided to have a trial, it would have certainly been a five month sentence in jail.”


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