A man who was “fed up with paying for drugs” set up a cannabis factory in the attic of a Brixworth house he lived in with his partner and three children, a court heard.
William Kearns, aged 37, of Broadlands, Brixworth, has been given a suspended jail sentence after he admitted cultivating 81 cannabis plants at his family home.
Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard Kearns set up the cannabis factory shortly after Christmas 2012, but was caught after police raided his house on March 22 this year.
Stella Moses, prosecuting, said Kearns had told officers he had set up the cannabis factory because he was “fed up with paying for cannabis”.
Ms Moses said Kearns denied making any financial gain from the cannabis plants and said he only grew the plants for his own use.
Ms Moses said: “The police did a detailed search of the defendant’s financial accounts and there were no obvious signs of financial gain to either of them.”
The prosecutor said that, when arrested, Kearns said he was unemployed, but did not claim benefits.
Instead, he relied on handouts given to him from his partner and his parents.
Kearns’ partner, Rachel Morin, aged 39, who lives at the same address, was also charged with permitting the production of a class B drug in her home.
Ms Moses said: “Ms Morin had an understanding that Mr Kearns was growing some cannabis.”
The total amount of drugs found in the property was 81 cannabis plants, 129 dried buds and there were lights and equipment used to cultivate the class B drug.
Kearns was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. He must also complete 200 hours unpaid work.
Morin, who pleaded guilty, was given a 12-month community order including 100 hours unpaid work. She must also pay £85 costs and victim surcharge of £60.
Kearns pleaded guilty to a single charge of producing cannabis, a class B drug, in contravention of section 4 (1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Morin pleaded guilty to a single charge of permitting production of a class B drug on a premises that she was an occupier of, which is contrary to section 8 (a) and schedule four of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.