Burnley father had £9,000 cannabis farm

Burnley father had £9,000 cannabis farm

Burnley father had £9,000 cannabis farm

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A father-of-two who had a near £9,000 cannabis farm in his cellar has been jailed for a year after a judge said he "facilitated drug dealing".

Burnley Crown Court heard how long-time addict Steven O' Rourke, 42, was growing 25 plants for others at his home in the town.

He claimed it hadn't been his idea - he had been trading in cars and car parts at the time, those he was doing business with suggested he could grow the cannabis, he "succumbed" and they put in the equipment.

The hearing was told how O' Rourke, had had no idea how much cannabis was being cultivated and how much it would be worth.

His barrister said: "He was led into this by others. They used him as a front."

The defendant, whose electricity meter had also been by-passed, admitted producing cannabis on January 13 and abstracting electricity. O' Rourke, of Healeywood Road, Burnley, will not face a proceeds of crime hearing.

The court was told the defendant was caught red-handed by police. The drugs would have been worth £8,750 on the streets.

Keith Harrison, defending, said:" I can't say there wasn't a commercial element, because he would have received some drugs."

The barrister said O' Rourke didn't think about the quantity of the cannabis that was being produced and was "rather surprised," by the amount.

Mr Harrison told the hearing the defendant had now stopped using cannabis. He had no previous convictions for cannabis or involvement in production or trafficking of drugs and the last time he was in court was 2006.

The barrister continued: "If there is immediate prison, the effect will be heavy, not just on him, but on his wife, who recently had a significant operation, his two young children and his infirm mother, for whom he cares.”

Mr Harrison said O' Rourke had the prospect of full-time work. He added :"This case, for him, has been a significant wake-up call."

Passing sentence, Judge Beverley Lunt said O' Rourke had been a cannabis addict for many years, knew the evil of what he was involved in and didn't care how much cannabis was being grown.

She told him: "You obviously knew that those who would come and collect the drugs would then deal in them and you facilitated that for some months."

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3:50pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Eric Shawn says...

Bet he didn't name those who 'made' him do it.
Bet he didn't name those who 'made' him do it. Eric Shawn
  • Score: 6

5:17pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Theworldismad says...

How is growing a plant "evil". Still waiting after all these years for the first stoner to go on a killing spree. Lazy bastards maybe but evils a bit extreme like.
In next ten years it will be grown and distributed legally like is happening in states and will the same clueless judge call it evil then. Will she hell because taxing it will make it alright kids!!!
How is growing a plant "evil". Still waiting after all these years for the first stoner to go on a killing spree. Lazy bastards maybe but evils a bit extreme like. In next ten years it will be grown and distributed legally like is happening in states and will the same clueless judge call it evil then. Will she hell because taxing it will make it alright kids!!! Theworldismad
  • Score: 7

6:07pm Sun 3 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

Eric Shawn wrote:
Bet he didn't name those who 'made' him do it.
That,s because no-one made him do . It but it,s as good an excuse as any other..Anyway if you cannot accept the time don,t do the crime.
[quote][p][bold]Eric Shawn[/bold] wrote: Bet he didn't name those who 'made' him do it.[/p][/quote]That,s because no-one made him do . It but it,s as good an excuse as any other..Anyway if you cannot accept the time don,t do the crime. noddy57
  • Score: 4

7:49pm Sun 3 Aug 14

grumpyoldlady says...

If 'someone else' had suggested he jumped off a roof would he have done it? Why can he not take responsibility for his own actions?
If 'someone else' had suggested he jumped off a roof would he have done it? Why can he not take responsibility for his own actions? grumpyoldlady
  • Score: 0

8:38am Mon 4 Aug 14

DaveBurnley says...

So growing cannabis merits a year in prison, yet being a repeat offender (previous thread) merits a 20 week sentence which is reduced on appeal. There is no logic in our so called justice system.
So growing cannabis merits a year in prison, yet being a repeat offender (previous thread) merits a 20 week sentence which is reduced on appeal. There is no logic in our so called justice system. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 13

9:15am Mon 4 Aug 14

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse says...

What a farce.

A year in prison for growing weed and repeat offenders and smackheads who burgle houses every single day get off with slap on the wrist and a warning.

No wonder people have no faith in the British Justice System.
What a farce. A year in prison for growing weed and repeat offenders and smackheads who burgle houses every single day get off with slap on the wrist and a warning. No wonder people have no faith in the British Justice System. Chuck Norris' Roundhouse
  • Score: -5

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