Man in court over cannabis growing

A “well established cannabis smoker” appeared in court charged with the production of the class B drug.

Bradford Crown Court was told that police made a forced entry into Jacob Kemp’s home on Halifax Road, Todmorden, on November 12 of last year and found a unique set-up of the plants.

As well as 24 plants with a street value of just less than £24,000 and a yield of 2.295kg, a 4ft by 7ft growing tent was discovered, along with hanging equipment, extricating equipment and lighting.

The court was told that 34-year-old Kemp, who now lives in Cornwall, was addicted to cannabis and had been growing it for his own personal use.

Prosecuting, Catherine Moxon said: “The crown view that this is a significant role that the defendant undertook. The sophistication of the equipment must be something that’s also taken into account.”

Acting in his defence, Paul Fleming admitted his client – who pleaded guilty to the offence - was a “well established cannabis smoker”.

Sentencing, judge Peter Benson said: “You’re 34 years of age and I’m treating you as a man of good character.

“This was a sophisticated operation but I do agree on the basis that you were not going to supply for profit, though it’s accepted that you may have sold to friends.

“You’re someone who for a very long time has been addicted to cannabis. As a result your life, through your own weakness, has been blighted. You now seem prepared to recognise the negative impact of your habit and are doing something to address it.”

Kemp was sentenced to a two month community order.