Kirkby cannabis grower given supsended jail sentence

A MAN who grew cannabis potentially worth up to £17,000 at his home in Kirkby has been given a suspended jail term of 10 months.

John Housley (31) complained of chronic toothache and said he had been unable to treat his problem with legitimate medication.

Housley, of Banks Avenue, pleaded guilty to producing the class B drug and by-passing the electricity meter.

He admitted the offences on the basis he was cultivating the cannabis for his own use and his lodger’s.

Police searched his loft on 9th December last year and found a ‘very sophisticated cannabis grow,’ said Errol Ballentyne, prosecuting.

An estimated £1,000 had been spent on the set-up and 27 healthy plants could have yielded 1.37 kilos worth between £10 and £17,000.

The lodger denied any involvement and was not before the court.

Housley had previous convictions for offences including house burglary, but nothing drug-related.

He had researched cannabis growing on the internet and had a large number of plants because he expected to lose some of them

The sentence was suspended for 18 months, with 160 house unpaid work to do.

He will be on an 8pm to 7am tagged home curfew for four months and has to pay £150 prosecution costs.