April 18 2014 Latest news:
Friday, January 24, 2014
A man who admitted producing more than 1.3 kilos of cannabis worth up to £8,900 has been jailed.
Adam Redshaw, 34, of Vinces Road, Diss, was jailed for 12 months after previously admitting producing cannabis and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
Redshaw had his case adjourned for four months to allow his daughter to have specialist treatment for a brain tumour.
But he was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court by Judge Peter Jacobs who described it as a “very substantial cannabis production plant”.
Appearing alongside Adam Redshaw was his brother Jamie, 39, also of Vinces Road, who previously admitted producing cannabis. He was sentenced to six months in prison which was suspended for a year.
Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said the offences came to light after Adam Redshaw was involved on a crash on A11, near Thetford, in February last year during which his car overturned.
The court heard a witness went to see what had happened and saw Adam Redshaw pick up a small box from the car and throw it into another carriageway.
Mr Ivory said police were informed and recovered the wooden box which contained a quantity of cannabis.
A smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle prompted police to search the defendant who had £501 in cash on him.
Mr Ivory said a later search carried out at his home address, where his brother Jamie also lived, resulted in a total of 1.3 kilos of harvested cannabis being found.
There were quantities of skunk cannabis and leaf cannabis and a total of 18 cannabis plants found in an insulated garage in the garden, which had associated cultivation equipment, and also a bedroom cupboard where there had been a “growing operation”.
Mr Ivory said the total value of the cannabis was between £7,154 and £8,909 with the plants capable of producing between a kilo and a kilo-and-a-half.
When interviewed Jamie Redshaw admitted he was aware of cannabis being grown but did not say who was responsible.
Adam Redshaw gave no comment in interview.
Andrew Oliver, mitigating for both Adam and Jamie Redshaw, said Adam had been using cannabis for some time and had started growing it as the “cost of cannabis was becoming prohibitive for him”.
He said Adam supplied cannabis to his brother and a limited number of friends.
Mr Oliver said what resulted in Adam becoming so dependant on cannabis was a “sad story” which started 20 years ago with a car crash which killed his mother and brother and resulted in a serious head injury for brother Jamie who he still effectively cares for.
The court heard another brother was murdered a few years ago while more recently he has been very concerned for his daughter who has responded well to radiotherapy.
Mitigating for Jamie Redshaw, Mr Oliver, said he suffers from epilepsy as a result of the head injury sustained in the crash and was effectively the assistant, not prime mover, in the operation.