HEROIN ADDICT CAUGHT GROWING CANNABIS PLANTS IN BID TO RID CLASS A ADDICTION

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.

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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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D D
D D
1 month ago

Oh no, not 4 plants!

Cake lover
Cake lover
1 month ago

So basically, he got away with it

Ting tong
Ting tong
Reply to  Cake lover
1 month ago

He’s an snitch like Lachen Downs,a couple of low life RATS!!!

Go Away
Go Away
Reply to  Ting tong
1 month ago

Do us a favour and move off the Island. Scumbag weirdos like you have no use here.

Sunshine
Sunshine
1 month ago

What do you have to do when you are on a suspended sentence to be classed as ‘breaking probation’ and be sent to prison?
Years ago, any illegal, law breaking activity and the person would-be sent to prison, their feet wouldn’t touch the floor.
Way too soft nowadays. I’d say it’s a joke but it’s not funny.

Mandy
Mandy
Reply to  Sunshine
1 month ago

It’s because he has caring responsibilities, to accommodate his offspring costs thousands and this would be his mitigating circumstances. Too much involved unfortunately.

Dr. Jollop
Dr. Jollop
1 month ago

What a silly boy.
Why would you invite plod in your house to start with !

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
Reply to  Dr. Jollop
1 month ago

They might want a cup of tea and a chat.

Stoner
Stoner
Reply to  Qwerty King
1 month ago

Most of them would rather pop in for a smoke as I no as I smoke up with them

 

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