Blidworth cannabis grower Darren Pilmore jailed for 15 months

A man who kept on growing cannabis at home despite being caught and bailed has been jailed for 15 months.

Darren Pilmore, of Dale Lane, Blidworth, had 61 plants in his garage opposite a police station, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

A judge told the 38-year-old single parent: “This was calculated defiance of the criminal law.”

Pilmore was first arrested in February last year with 12 dried plants and was released on bail.

In April police caught him with 61 plants in the early stages of growth. In all he admitted three counts of production of the class B drug.

His barrister Errol Ballentyne said he was going through a difficult period. He was affected by chronic fatigue and depression. He also looked after his son.

Judge Michael Stokes, the Recorder of Nottingham, said when Pilmore started growing cannabis it may have been largely for his personal use. But once underway it also developed a commercial side.

There was evidence of excessive use of electricity, consistent with production of the drug over a lengthy period.

“It seems to me you were making money out of it – your home was spick and span and well furnished,’ said the judge.

The appropriate sentence was two years but it was reduced because Pilmore had medical issues and was the sole carer for his son.