Dad who grew £13k cannabis farm spared jail

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

CHAR­LOTTE GREEN

AYOUNG dad who grew a £13,000 cannabis set-up in the loft of his girl­friend’s home has been spared jail.

Kyle Gran­ite, of Bridge Street, Rish­ton, pleaded guilty to pro­duc­ing cannabis and ab­stract­ing elec­tric­ity but was given an­other chance at Burn­ley Crown Court by Judge Jonathan Gib­son who ruled that he had demon­strated will­ing­ness to change by re­main­ing in em­ploy­ment and com­mit­ting no fur­ther crim­i­nal of­fences.

Po­lice had dis­cov­ered Gran­ite’s haul of 23 ‘medium sized’ cannabis plants at his part­ner El­lie McIn­tosh’s rented home in Clay­ton-le-Moors after they forced their way into the prop­erty in May 2016.

She had claimed sole re­spon­si­bil­ity, but Gran­ite later ad­mit­ted or­gan­is­ing the set-up and that McIn­tosh was ‘cov­er­ing for him’. Judge Gib­son had pre­vi­ously de­ferred his sen­tence from May to ‘test his re­solve’. At the lat­est hear­ing, he handed Gran­ite a nine-month prison sen­tence, sus­pended for 18 months, with 20 re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion re­quire­ment days.

The 26-year-old was fined just £1 for breach­ing his sus­pended prison sen­tence or­der from an ear­lier con­vic­tion, and was also or­dered to pay £500 in pros­e­cu­tion costs on be­half of the tax­payer.

Iso­bel Thomas, de­fend­ing, told the court that Gran­ite, who has 12 con­vic­tions for 14 pre­vi­ous of­fences, had left his job as an HGV driver three months ago, but that he was now work­ing as a ‘cash-in-hand’ labourer.

She said: “The rea­son for that change was that the work was ar­ranged through a re­cruit­ment com­pany and he says that it was quite un­pre­dictable in terms of days and hours he would be work­ing. He found that to be dif­fi­cult to man­age with his fi­nances. He has still taken all steps to re­main in em­ploy­ment, to keep earn­ing. He has made a con­certed ef­fort he says to get his life back on track.”

Judge Gib­son said: “The case it­self jus­ti­fies a cus­to­dial sen­tence be­cause it in­volved the cul­ti­va­tion of cannabis. I de­ferred sen­tence upon you ap­prox­i­mately six months ago to see whether or not you were stay­ing out of trou­ble in the sense of not com­mit­ting fur­ther of­fences and you have kept that part of the de­ferred sen­tence, and also to see whether you would re­main in em­ploy­ment to pro­vide for your fam­ily le­git­i­mately, and you ap­pear to have re­mained in em­ploy­ment.”

McIn­tosh, of Barnes Street, Clay­ton-le-Moors, pleaded guilty to per­mit­ting the pro­duc­tion of cannabis in May. She was fined £200 and or­dered to pay £100 costs.

Kyle Gran­ite

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