Father and son who grew cannabis handed suspended sentences

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A father and son who grew cannabis with a street value of between £6,000 and £8,000, were caught out after neighbours complaints, a court heard.

Timothy Quinn, 61 and his son Alan, 31, were found to have used two rooms at an address in Holts Lane, Hilgay, near Little Ouse, to grow 17 plants for their own use, Norwich Crown Court was told.

Philip Farr, prosecuting, said police discovered the plants after neighbours complained about the strong smell of cannabis coming from the property in January, this year

Mr Farr said that two rooms of the three-bed roomed bungalow were being used to grow the drugs and said the street value was estimated at between £6,400 and £8,600.

Timothy Quinn and Alan Quinn, of Church Road, Emneth, admitted production of cannabis and were given 16 months jail, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work. They also each were ordered to pay £500 costs.


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Sentencing them, Judge Nicholas Coleman said there was no evidence they had distributed the drugs and said both were of low risk of re-offending.

John Morgans, for Timothy Quinn, said he was of previous good character and said: “He has changed his lifestyle since the arrest.”

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Andrea Clarke, for Alan Quinn, said he was full of remorse, and both men no longer use any cannabis.

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