A drug user who tried to grow cannabis ended up being reported to police by his own father.
Keith Myerscough’s efforts landed him on the wrong side of the law.
But Preston Crown Court heard the plants did not flower and some cannabis seized by police was more ‘waste material’.
The 40-year-old of The Close, Kirkham, pleaded guilty to offences of producing a drug and possessing cannabis. Sixteen cannabis plants were found at the address on June 6.
Tom Lord, prosecuting, said the defendant’s father had called police on that date to indicate his son was growing cannabis in the family home.
His father lived there at the time, but no longer did so, the court was told.
Police went to the loft and found 16 plants in poor condition.
There were also four heat lamps and four electrical transformers.
It was found the plants were not flowering. Their leaves were discoloured.
Some 56 grammes of material was also discovered. Myerscough maintained it was waste material.
An expert indicated that though usable, that material could be regarded as waste.
Therefore, the defendant was proved correct in what he had said, added the prosecution.
Myerscough also told officers he was on benefits due to a low income.
He had done odd jobs as a gardener, selling logs and kindling.
He explained the cannabis set up had been for his own benefit and nobody else.
Jonathan Lally, defending, told the crown court his client had tried to grow cannabis plants, but it was something of a failed operation. He concedes he has used cannabis on and off for a significant period of time.
“He was growing these plants for his own personal use.”
Myerscough was given a Community Order of 12 months court supervision, nine months drug rehabilitation and a requirement to do 50 hours’ unpaid work for the community.