A father-of-two turned to growing cannabis when he hit financial trouble, a court heard.
Robert Tutin, aged 26, of Deightonby Street, Thurnscoe, had been struggling with debts and began growing the drug partly for his own use and to sell on.
He told police he had been smoking cannabis occasionally since he was 16 but became a regular user following a family tragedy in 2011.
His lawyer Sean Fritchley told Sheffield Crown Court he ‘takes his responsibilities as a father extremely seriously’ and ‘his greatest fear is losing his job and his contact with his children’.
Neighbours reported the smell of cannabis from his property on February 13 and officers found a door glass panel had been smashed and the house broken into.
Officers found cannabis growing equipment and the remains of six cropped plants.
Tutin told officers he was unaware of who was to blame for stealing his plants.
Recorder Nicholas Campbell QC branded Tutin ‘foolish’ and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work.