Broth­ers dodge dope con­vic­tion

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

TWO Bridge­wa­ter broth­ers have es­caped crim­i­nal con­vic­tions af­ter be­ing caught grow­ing cannabis us­ing equip­ment they partly found at the tip.

Jer­rod Neil Roach, 24, and Austin Shawn Roach, 20, ap­peared at the Ho­bart Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day, where they each pleaded guilty to possessing and cul­ti­vat­ing cannabis plants and possessing smok­ing de­vices.

The court was told po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at the youths’ home on Oc­to­ber 1, find­ing a large hy­dro­ponic tent, nine cannabis plants, six lights, two bal­lasts, a light bal­last, a heat mat, grow so­lu­tion, a set of scales and six smok­ing de­vices. The pair was ar­rested and taken to the Bridge­wa­ter po­lice sta­tion, where Austin Roach said he had found some of the equip­ment at the tip and that the pair had grown the plants “for per­sonal use”.

Mag­is­trate Reg Mar­ron de­cided not to record con­vic­tions against the men, given it could af­fect their fu­ture em­ploy­ment prospects. But he said the pair needed to “draw a line” un­der their ac­tiv­i­ties.

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