Man in court on drug offences

A SCARBOROUGH man caught growing cannabis has been hit with a community penalty.

Michael Hill, of Albemarle Crescent, appeared at Scarborough Magistrates Court yesterday on two charges of cultivating and possessing the Class B drug cannabis.

Hill, 24, also admitted a charge of having the Class C drug Ketamine on him when searched by police officers in Aberdeen Walk in February.

Prosecuting, Steve Ovenden told magistrates Hill was found to have seven bags of cannabis when stopped by police.

He said: “He was seen by police officers who knew him and suspected that he maybe in possession of drugs.

“He was stopped and found in possession of seven bags.

“A search took place at his premises and there were some small plants that were discovered including a growing tin and a growing tent.

“There were also four plants that had some growth.

“He explained that he had bought the cannabis because his own cannabis growth had not matured.

“However, there is nothing to suggest this was a commercial set-up.”

Mitigating, Catherine Wyatt, said Hill, who works as a joiner, had shown great remorse for his actions.

She added he and had recently brought about a dramatic change in his drug dependence and was keen to maintain his progress.

She said: “This was not a commercial enterprise and was just for his own use.

“He has used cannabis on a regular basis but since his arrest that has significantly reduced and he will go a week or two weeks without using at all.

“He is trying to get his life back on track and is disappointed and ashamed that he finds himself in court.”

Magistrates handed Hill 100 hours unpaid work and ordered him to pay £85 costs.

They also made an order for the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.