Cannabis farmer called police to his home in Leeds

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A CANNABIS grower who rang police and told them to come to his home where the illegal plants were growing has been jailed.

Paul Fitzhenry contacted officers and asked them to come to his home in Micklefield after they had called to his home earlier in the day while he was out.

Leeds Crown Court heard the officers went to the property on March 27 this year after receiving intelligence that cannabis was being grown.

Paul Nicholson, prosecuting, said the officers left after no one answered the door.

Fitzhenry contacted them later in the day and told them to come back.

A total of 16 plants were found growing inside a foil-lined tent in the loft.

Fitzhenry was arrested and interviewed and told officers that he had agreed to look after the cannabis farm for a friend who he refused to name.

The court heard the plants were capable of producing £6,150 worth of cannabis.

Fitzhenry, of Garden Stores, Micklefield, pleaded guilty to producing a class B drug.

The court heard he has a criminal record dating back to 1982 for offences including burglary and assault.

Narinder Rathour, mitigating, said Fitzhenry’s offending had been linked to drug addiction and he had a number of medical problems.

Mr Rathour said Fitzhenry had made his home available to others for growing the plants and he had looked after the plants.

He was jailed for six months.

Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “Not only did you make your home available but you tended the plants and you were offering protection to those higher up the chain.

“I have borne in mind that it was only 16 plants but I have no doubt that you expected to gain financially from this amount and there was a commercial element to this offence.

“This was not a spur of the moment offence. It is quite impossible to pass over without imposing an immediate custodial sentence.”