Warminster drug grower avoids prison
2:00pm Friday 31st August 2012 in Latest News
A musician who used the basement of his girlfriend’s house to grow drugs has walked free from court.
Steven Hall, 30, set up a cultivation tent in the cellar of the house, which is home to his five-year-old child, and filled it with cannabis plants.
But after hearing he had a job and had not been in trouble before, a judge at Swindon Crown Court imposed a suspended sentence. His girlfriend Emma Davis, 26, was given a one-year conditional discharge for her part in allowing him to grow the drugs.
Chris Smyth, prosecuting, said police went to the home in Smallbrook Road, Warminster, to execute a search warrant on January 16. He told the court: “When officers entered, they were struck by a very strong smell of cannabis.”
They found 14 mature cannabis plants in the basement and two jars in a bedroom wardrobe with almost 38 grams of flowering heads, known as skunk. Police also found a set of scales and a quantity of clear plastic bags.
Mr Meeke said the plants were assessed as being capable of producing 0.68kg of skunk.
During the search, a taxi arrived and Hall got out with a child and immediately told the police ‘they are all mine’. He initially told police they were purely for his own use, but later accepted he sold some to friends.
Hall, of St Georges Close, Warminster, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and Davis admitted allowing her premises to be used for cannabis production.
Alex Daymond, defending, submitted a reference from a non-profit organisation saying his client used his skills as a guitar player and musician to help raise money for charities.
Passing sentence, Judge Douglas Field said “This is not what is often called a cannabis factory, where vast amounts of cannabis are being produced with huge profits being made. In view of powerful mitigation, I am not going to impose immediate custody.”
He jailed him for six months, suspended for a year, and told him to complete drug rehabilitation and do 120 hours of community service.