Cannabis grower ‘told po­lice his crop was banana plants’

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY TRAGEDY - KAREN BRIT­TON

AMAN who in­vited po­lice into his home tried to pass off a cannabis farm as banana plants, a court heard.

David Massey, 54, asked po­lice to his house on Pleas­ant Street, Mac­cles­field, to dis­cuss se­cu­rity is­sues, a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing at Ch­ester Crown Court heard.

But the at­tend­ing of­fi­cer be­came sus­pi­cious when one of the bed­rooms was locked.

And af­ter forc­ing his way into the room, dis­cov­ered a cannabis farm grow­ing in two cup­boards.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Joanne Maxwell said: “The of­fi­cer was asked to at­tend by the de­fen­dant in re­la­tion to se­cu­rity is­sues at the ad­dress on Pleas­ant Street.

“The de­fen­dant told him he smoked cannabis rec- reation­ally while at home. The of­fi­cer made a search of the premises as asked by Massey in re­la­tion to the se­cu­rity of his win­dows.

“All rooms were ac­ces­si­ble apart from one bed­room at the top of the stairs which had been locked.

“The de­fen­dant said there was noth­ing in the bed­room but the of­fi­cer opened the door and found two cup­boards with cannabis. When he was asked what they were he said ‘my banana plants’.”

The court heard there were 21 seedlings and six ma­ture plants of around 40cm, in the haul on Oc­to­ber 23, 2014.

Massey pleaded guilty to the pro­duc­tion of cannabis af­ter plead­ing not guilty at an ear­lier hear­ing.

Rep­re­sent­ing him­self, Massey told the court he was grow­ing the drug for his own use and pros­e­cu­tors ac­cepted the guilty plea on that ba­sis.

Massey, who de­nied claim­ing they were banana plants, told Judge Ni­cholas Wood­ward he didn’t agree with ev­ery­thing in the pre­sen­tence re­port done on his be­half.

He said: “I didn’t say any­thing about banana plants. I said they were cannabis plants. I can’t say any­thing else, I have ad­mit­ted my guilt.”

The court heard he has two pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for cannabis pos­ses­sion and one for cul­ti­va­tion.

Sen­tenc­ing Massey, Judge Wood­ward said: “You are a man of firm con­vic­tions. You take the view that life should re­volve around what you think rather than what other peo­ple think.”

Massey was given a 12-month con­di­tional dis­charge and or­dered to pay £250 costs.

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