Suspended jail terms for Sheffield cannabis couple

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A Sheffield couple who grew cannabis in their attic have narrowly escaped being sent to custody.

When police officers raided the home of Elvin Ogden and Angela Diment they found 63 small cannabis plants growing upstairs.

Sheffield Crown Court was told it was an ‘unsophisticated’ set-up.

Prosecutor Michael Slater said 11 bags of cannabis worth £1,980 were found in a fridge in one of the bedrooms at the couple’s home On Overend Drive, Gleadless.

Ogden, aged 51, told police he had sown the plants to grow cannabis for his personal use to alleviate his chronic back pain.

Diment, 41, said she bought the 11 bags for herself, Ogden and a friend.

The couple, who have been together 26 years and have two children, admitted producing cannabis and possessing the Class B drug with intent to supply.

Ogden was given a 16-month jail term suspended for two years and 200 hours unpaid work and Diment was given 12 months suspended for two years with 140 hours’ work.