A Cowes man who was caught growing 4 cannabis plants when Police conducted door-to-door enquiries in his neighbourhood has been fined £80 – and his suspended prison sentence hasn’t been activated.
Keith Butcher, 45, of Maxted Close in Cowes, appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Friday charged with producing a Class B drug (cannabis).
The court heard from the prosecution that at around 15:00 on 6th April this year, Police were conducting door-to-door enquiries in the area as part of investigations into a concern for welfare. Officers knocked on Butcher’s door and they noted a strong smell of cannabis.
The officers were invited inside and located 4 cannabis plants growing in a spare bedroom.
Liz Miller, prosecuting, told the court that Butcher was at the time of the offence, and still is, on a 12-month suspended sentence, suspended for 24 months for an offence of actual bodily harm.
Defending, Henry Farley said that his client is a heroin addict and was growing the cannabis as a way of helping to rid his addiction. Mr Farley told the court that Butcher, a father to twins, had fallen off the wagon recently but doesn’t want to be a heroin addict anymore, making efforts to get clean.
The Probation Service did not recommend the activation of the suspended prison sentence due to Butcher’s childcare responsibilities and his progress to date.
Magistrates fined Keith Butcher £80 and ordered him to pay £85 costs with a £34 surcharge. His suspended sentence was not activated.
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