Ago­ra­pho­bic men grew drug to avoid go­ing out

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS -

CARDIFF Ago­ra­pho­bic broth­ers grew cannabis plants in their home so they could avoid go­ing out­side to buy drugs. Michael Wilkins, 27, and Thomas Wilkins, 32, were caught af­ter a po­lice of­fi­cer on duty smelled cannabis and no­ticed con­den­sa­tion on the win­dows of a nearby house. When the of­fi­cer en­tered the prop­erty in He­len Place, Adams­down, he ques­tioned the broth­ers who ad­mit­ted grow­ing cannabis plants, which in­cluded 10 ma­ture plants and 17 ju­ve­nile plants. No ev­i­dence was found to sug­gest the broth­ers were sup­ply­ing cannabis. They later pleaded guilty to pro­duc­tion of a Class B drug. A sen­tenc­ing hear­ing at Cardiff Crown Court heard on Fri­day that the broth­ers suf­fered from ago­ra­pho­bia. De­fence bar­ris­ter Steven Donoghue, rep­re­sent­ing Michael Wilkins, said: “They are an odd cou­ple – they are reclu­sive in na­ture and that’s what led them to start grow­ing this prod­uct rather than go­ing out to en­gage with the crim­i­nal fra­ter­nity.” Judge Tracey Lloy­d­clarke said: “You both quite clearly have se­ri­ous men­tal health prob­lems re­quir­ing sig­nif­i­cant treat­ment.” The pair were both sen­tenced to a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der and to un­der­take a 15-day re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment. They were also made sub­ject to an elec­tron­i­cal­ly­mon­i­tored cur­few for six weeks and or­dered to pay £300 in court costs be­tween them.

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