‘Haphazard’ cannabis grower is freed

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A MAN who grew cannabis for his own use at his Doncaster home has escaped with a suspended prison sentence.

Gerald Hall, aged 35, was of previous good character and none of his crop was sold on the street, the court was told.

When police raided Hall’s home in Edlington Lane, Warmsworth, last September they found 44 cannabis plant seedlings and an artificial growth system.

He had also diverted the electricity meter, said Neil Coxon, prosecuting at Doncaster Crown Court.

If the plants had grown enough to be harvested they could have potentially yielded £5,000 worth of cannabis.

Michael Upson, defending, said there was nothing to show Hall was growing for commercial gain as it was ‘a haphazard and non-professional operation’.

Mr Upson said Hall client was a self-employed plasterer who was now considering bankruptcy because of a downturn in work.

Hall pleaded guilty to two charges of production of cannabis in 2009 and 2010 and was given a nine months’ sentence, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work by the judge, Recorder Richard Woolfall.

“I accept no cannabis had got out on to the open market,” he said.