Monday, November 12, 2012

Cannabis-growing mother and son spared prison sentences

A MUM and son caught with a cannabis crop in Bedminster Down have been spared prison.

In-debt Benjamin Anstey forced his mum Deborah Grimmer to allow him to cultivate the Class B drug at their home in Brunel Road, Bristol Crown Court heard.

Police who searched the premises found plant pots, lights and 1.5kg of cannabis with an estimated street value of £15,000.

Anstey, 32, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and Grimmer, 50, pleaded guilty to permitting production.

The recorder Mr Andreae-Jones QC gave Grimmer a 12-month community order with six months' supervision.

He sentenced Anstey to three months in jail, suspended for a year, with 18 months of supervision and a nine-month drug treatment and testing order.

Julian Howells, prosecuting, said Grimmer told police she was growing the drug for personal use, without help, but Anstey's fingerprints were found on a lamp.

When re-interviewed Grimmer conceded her son Benjamin was responsible for the plants and she had let it happen because she was in fear of him, the court heard.

Anstey admitted that he grew cannabis at the address because he owed money and he was pressured to grow the drug to repay his debt.

Jason Taylor, defending Anstey, said his client was his mother's carer and he had been hooked on Class A drugs from the age of 15.

Tabitha Macfarlane, defending Grimmer, said she did not wish to air her client's personal details in public.

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