A STOURBRIDGE man who grew cannabis plants worth nearly £7,000 has been spared time behind bars.
Akeel Hussain, aged 26, from Platts Crescent, told police officers after his arrest he decided to set up the cannabis farm to fuel his own addiction and also to sell some of the plants to help ease his financial problems.
On Tuesday December 8, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard Hussain grew the plants at a property he owned in Stourbridge Road, Brierley Hill.
Julian Elcock, prosecuting, told the hearing when police officers raided the house they found 44 plants growing in one bedroom while in a second bedroom there were 18 more plants.
He added Hussain had installed equipment to feed, heat and water the plants and he was following growing instructions found on a calendar pinned to a wall.
Hussain admitted cultivating cannabis and he was told by Judge John Wait he had come very close to being sent straight into custody.
The Judge ruled he was just able to allow Hussain to keep his freedom because he was a man of previous good character, he had the support of his family and had two young children.
Hussain was made the subject of 18 month community and supervision orders and was instructed to carry out 200 hours Community Punishment.
Yasser Gulraiz, defending, said Hussain, who was further told he must obey a six month curfew order between the hours of 7pm and 7am, had been addicted to cannabis.
Mr Gulraiz said: “He was told by others ‘If you can’t afford it why not grow it’ and he then went along, step by step, intending to use the drugs himself and to alleviate his financial problems.
“He accepts there was a commercial element but it was to pay off his debts so he could make a clear break when his second child was born. Since his arrest he has become clean from cannabis.”