Man grew cannabis plants while trying to cope with dad dying



Man grew cannabis plants while trying to cope with dad dying


He told Nottingham magistrates: “I am ashamed”.


A grieving son grew a dozen cannabis plants while battling to cope with his dad dying.

It landed 62-year-old Stephen Hand in court where he told city magistrates: “I was going through a traumatic period, watching my father die from a serious illness.”

“That is all. I am ashamed,” added Hand. He admitted producing 12 cannabis plants at a house in Stanway Close, Nottingham.

A one-year conditional discharge was imposed on Hand, now of Cartwright Street, Loughborough.

He must pay £85 prosecution costs and a government surcharge of £20.


Peter Bettany, prosecuting, said police officers visited the Nottingham house on April 4.

They found 12 cannabis plants in one room.

“The room was unoccupied and the house seems to have been unoccupied. He admitted that he had the cannabis. He said that he had an addiction to cannabis,” Mr Bettany told the court.

Hand told officers the drug was for his use only and that he had twice failed to cultivate the plants. He was caught after a “successful attempt.”

Mr Bettany added: “He said that he would smoke the cannabis. He showed great remorse in interview.”

Magistrates ordered the destruction of the plants and equipment used to encourage their growth.


Presiding JP Deborah White told him: “Clearly this was for your own use, a domestic job there is no doubt.

“There is no punishment today. If you appear in court in the next 12 months this will be brought up and it may well be sentenced differently.

“Bear in mind this is a discharge for 12 months.”

Hand replied: “Thank you.”



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