A drugs grower who was caught with 13 cannabis plants in his Sheffield home has escaped immediate custody.
Police raided Paul Nathan Hudson’s home in Main Road, Wharncliffe Side, at 5.30pm on September 18 and found a ‘cannabis set up’, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
They found eight large plants and five smaller plants which could have yielded around 45 grammes of cannabis - worth an estimated street value of £5,850.
Hudson, who had a previous conviction for a similiar offence in 2009 admitted producing the Class B drug.
Ian Goldsack, defending, said he took the drug to alleviate a long-standing back problem because the pain killers he was taking made him ‘drowsy and uncoordinated’.
“It keeps him more on an even keel than anything else,” he said.
Judge Sarah Wright handed him a six month jail term suspended for 18 months and told him to do 200 hours unpaid work.