A Louth businessman has been told by a judge that it was ‘more than a shame’ that he had come before a court for the first time at the age of 46.
Furniture restorer Thomas Graves, 46, of Church Street and unemployed Mark Andrew Kenyeres, 50, of Queen Street, admitted jointly producing cannabis at a house in Queen Street, when they appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.
Jim Clare, prosecuting, told Deputy District Judge Appleyard that police executed a warrant at an address in Queen Street at 8.55am on January 31 where they found three rooms on the first floor devoted to the production of cannabis plants.
Mr Clare said that one room had cut and dried plants in it and that there were 15 plants in total under cultivation with an estimated value of between four and 12 thousand pounds.
He said that Graves was at the property at the time and he told police he had known Kenyeres for some years and had agreed to store equipment there but had agreed to have a growing room there as he had debt issues.
He told officers that Kenyeres had brought the plants and that he sometimes helped him out by watering them.
Kenyeres told police he had medical issues and had grown the plants for personal use and for a friend with multiple sclerosis.
The court heard that Graves had no previous convictions but that Kenyeres had previous convictions, including drug possession.
After hearing a report from the Probation Service, Judge Appleyard told Graves: “You should have thought more before you got involved.”
He sentenced him to a one year community order with 60 hours unpaid work for the community and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Kenyeres was given a six month community order with supervision and fined £110 and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.