Cafe boss cannabis farmer walks free from crown court

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - STU­ART GREER

CAFE boss caught grow­ing a cannabis farm in his loft has avoided jail.

Simon Sheri­dan was given a 12-month pri­son sen­tence suspended for two years af­ter ad­mit­ting grow­ing 15 plants at his home in Macclesfield.

The 33-year-old was caught when there was a flood at his house on Park Lane.

While he walked free of Ch­ester Crown Court Sheri­dan was or­dered to com­plete 150 hours of un­paid work.

At a pre­vi­ous hear­ing Macclesfield mag­is­trates’ court heard that po­lice were called to Park Lane when a mem­ber of the public re­ported wa­ter started to leak out of the home into the street.

When they searched the house, of­fi­cers traced the leak to the loft and dis­cov­ered a cannabis set-up, mag­is­trates heard, mag­is­trates heard.

There were eight plants of 24cm in height, four at 48cm and three at 72cm as well as com­plex set up

Aof hy­dro­ponic, light­ing and vent­ing sys­tems.

Sheri­dan even­tu­ally re­turned to the prop­erty and was ar­rested. At the hear­ing on Jan­uary 14 Sheri­dan, ad­mit­ted pro­duc­ing a con­trolled drug.

The court heard that Sheri­dan owns the So­ci­ety Cafe in Macclesfield.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “On Septem­ber 28 at 11.45pm PC Old­field was called to a house on Park Lane af­ter a mem­ber of the public was con­cerned about wa­ter run­ning from the prop­erty.

“The of­fi­cer could see wa­ter pour­ing down the ground floor win­dow and ceil­ing.

“PC Old­field forced en­try and fol­lowed the wa­ter up­stairs.

“He could see it com­ing from the loft.

“In the loft he found 15 cannabis plants in pots, light­ing and a large green con­tainer which was leak­ing. There was foil all over the loft and vent­ing ducts around the loft.

“The of­fi­cer called for as­sis­tance from the elec­tric­ity com­pany be­cause of the dan­gers.”

The court heard that at 3.50am the de­fen­dant’s girl­friend ar­rived at the prop­erty.

Mrs Byrne added: “She told po­lice she didn’t know any­thing about it and got the de­fen­dant on the phone.

“Mr Shep­herd then at­tended the house and ad­mit­ted be­ing the owner of the plants.

“Dur­ing ques­tion­ing the de­fen­dant told of­fi­cers that he was grow­ing for per­sonal use.

“He ad­mit­ted try­ing to grow pre­vi­ously but had failed. He said since then he had spent £700 on hy­dro­pon­ics equip­ment.

“He said it was the first time he had got the plants to that stage. He told of­fi­cers he had smoked cannabis for two years and spent about £270 a week on it. He said he had used the in­ter­net to learn how to grow it.”

At the mag­is­trates hear­ing Sheri­dan, who was de­fend­ing him­self, said noth­ing.

There will be a pro­ceeds of crime hear­ing at Ch­ester Crown Court on June 30.

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