AN Australian who started growing cannabis to ease his pains after a car crash ended up supplying some to friends, a court heard today.
When police raided Justin Fisher’s flat in Leasowe they found 115 cannabis plants – which had a potential street value of £17,000 – growing in two bedrooms.
Jailing him for 15 months Judge Bryn Holloway said: “The production of cannabis has increased enormously in this and every other part of the country maybe because of the mixed messages people get as to the seriousness of such matters.”
He said that there was a commercial aspect to Fisher’s behaviour as he had been selling to other users and then ploughing the money back into the production process.
“Only an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate,” he told him.
Rob Jansen, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that police went to Fisher’s home in Drake Road, Leasowe on September 24 last year.
They found that a hydroponic system had been set up to grow cannabis.
The plants were in two bedrooms and there was associated equipment throughout the premises.
Fisher, 33, was not in so officers returned the next morning and arrested him. When interviewed he made no comment.
The court heard that Fisher, who came to this country five years ago, had been injured in a road traffic accident in Australia about 15 years ago and it was following that he began using cannabis.
By Lynda Roughley