A cannabis grower busted when police were called after his house was targeted by burglars has been given a suspended jail term.
Gary Kennedy, aged 38, was found by police hiding underneath a car after a gang smashed their way into his home in Vauxhall Road, Wincobank, Sheffield to steal his crop.
Stephanie Hollis, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday, said: “Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, November 20, police attended Vauxhall Road, as a result of reports of a burglary at the address.
“The house was insecure and there was damage to the front door. Kennedy was hiding a short way away under a vehicle.
“He told police ‘it’s my house and my plants’”.
Police found two growing tents, one upstairs in a bedroom containing eight plants and another containing 10 plants in the cellar.
Miss Hollis said there was a full lighting and watering system and the estimated yield of the crop was worth £16,200.
David Hall, mitigating for Kennedy, who admitted producing the Class B drug, said he was spending £40 a week on cannabis and decided to grow his own because he couldn’t afford it.
Mr Hall said: “The lad was terrified by the raid.
“A window and door were put through simultaneously by thieves after his crop.”
Judge David Bradshaw said Kennedy had sought help for his addiction and for that reason he could suspend the 12-month jail term for two years.