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Bradford men plead guilty to setting up cannabis farm
7:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A former coach driver who involved his son in setting up a cannabis farm was labelled “daft” by a judge who said he did not expect to see him before a court again.
Nicholas Rollings, 44, pleaded guilty to production of the drug at the home he shared with his son, Jamie, 21, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday. He also admitted abstracting £929 of electricity.
Jamie Rollings and Jack Norton, 25, both pleaded guilty to being concerned in the production of cannabis.
The court was told they helped Nicholas Rollings carry equipment into the cellar of the property in Idle Road, Bradford, to set up the cannabis farm.
Prosecutor Martin Robertshaw told the court that police raided the house on October 16 last year and seized 37 cannabis plants.
Damage to the meter and abstracted electricity came to a total of £1,331.
Mr Robertshaw said the plants could have yielded skunk cannabis with a street value of more than £14,000.
Nicholas Rollings said the drug was for his own use and not to supply to others.
Ian Hudson, for Nicholas Rollings, said he was amateurish and unsuccessful at growing the cannabis.
He had cut his £45 a day cannabis habit right down and hoped to resume work.
Nicholas Rollings was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with supervision, 175 hours of unpaid work and a nine month drug rehabilitation requirement.
Jamie Rollings was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work, with a probation service requirement, and Jack Norton to 120 hours of unpaid work.