A RAINWORTH dad has narrowly avoided jail after being caught red-handed with ten mature and fourteen baby cannabis plants in his home.
Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told how police officers were called out to Lee Krokoszynski’s house on Second Avenue, Rainworth, by a neighbour on 11th April.
He had seen three youths acting suspiciously in Krokoszynski’s garden.
Robert Carr, prosecuting, said: “Krokoszynski (31) produced a small bag of the class B drug when the officers said they could smell cannabis.
He then owned up to a personal use grow in his loft when challenged about the strength of the smell and officers could see a light coming from the loft hatch.”
Deborah Bell, defending, said: “He made a full admission of the cannabis production for his own use. He and his partner have a seven-year-old child.
“If he went into custody today that would cause a huge problem for his family.”
Ms Bell said Krokoszynski’s family did not deserve to be punished for what he had done. She added: “The reason he started the cannabis grow is he is addicted to it.
“He started smoking cannabis when he came out of the RAF in 2004.”
As well as admitting the cannabis charge Krokoszynski also pleaded guilty to breaching a community order by failing to complete the last few hours of some unpaid work.
He had failed to turn up after being arrested for the grow, believing he would be given a custodial sentence.
Magistrates sentenced him to 24 weeks in custody suspended for a year.
He was also ordered to undertake 180 hours of unpaid work and pay an £80 victim surcharge.