A man, who grew a “vast quantity” of cannabis at his home, was given a community order after the prosecution accepted it was for his personal use.
Prosecutor Ian Brook told Bradford Crown Court yesterday that police found “12 or 13” cannabis plants at the home of 45-year-old Craig Raistrick when they executed a search warrant last November. The defendant, his partner and his 17-year-old son were present. Digital scales were found on a kitchen worktop and tubs of green vegetable matter under the sink.
Cannabis was discovered in the cellar, which was set up in three areas; a growing room containing six large plants; another area for less well-developed plants; and one for the mother plant.
Mr Brook said the cannabis farm was unsophisticated, but the potential annual yield of ‘skunk’ cannabis could have been worth more than £13,000.
Mr Brook said Raistrick, of Westminster Terrace, Wapping, Bradford, had pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis, on a basis that he had cultivated it for his own use and was not going to supply it, which the Crown’s advocate at that hearing had accepted. Judge David Hatton QC said his hands were tied by the prosecution’s previous acceptance of the basis of plea.
Raistrick was sentenced to a 12-month community order, with a 15-day activity requirement and 180 hours of unpaid work. Judge Hatton imposed no separate penalty after Raistrick admitted possessing an air weapon without a licence.