'Amateurish' attempt to grow cannabis ended with police search
Published: 5 Jun 2014 11:300 comments
Gareth Parker, of Abbey Drive, Enniskillen, was fined £200 when he
appeared at Fermanagh Court and admitted cultivating cannabis.
A prosecutor told the court that at approximately 1am on Saturday,
August 10, last year, police entered Parker’s home and arrested him in
relation to a separate complaint. While there the officers noticed the
smell of cannabis and saw herbal material and a pipe for smoking it on a
table. Parker claimed it was a legal high. The officers searched the
house and found four plants, a fan and light in a bedroom. Parker
admitted the plants were cannabis and said they were dead.
The prosecutor said it was accepted the plants were “effectively dead”.
She told the court the herbal material found on the table was cannabis.
Defence solicitor Michael Fahy said Parker spent four months in prison
at the start of last year and was given two years’ probation at the
start of this year in relation to other offences.
He argued that if the drug offence had been dealt with at that time
Parker would not have been given a further jail sentence.
Mr. Fahy told the court Parker has ceased all usage of cannabis, which
had been a significant part of his lifestyle and offending. He hopes to
get a job and accepts that to do that he has to remain free from drugs
District Judge Nigel Broderick told Parker the prosecutor had accepted
this was an “amateurish” attempt to grow cannabis.
“There were four plants and I’m told they were virtually dead,” he added.