Cannabis found in burning Leeds flat

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POLICE discovered 100 cannabis plants in the bedroom of a flat after the owner torched the property, a court heard.

Andrew Moslin caused £17,000 worth of damage to the council-owned block of flats after setting fire to a bag of clothes when he became upset at having “a rough week”.

Moslin, 34, was jailed for two years yesterday after pleading guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered and permitting premises to be used for cannabis production.

Leeds Crown Court heard Moslin set fire to a bag of clothes in his first-floor flat on Beckhill Avenue, Meanwood, on November 27 last year.

After starting the fire Moslin then went downstairs and told another tenant what he had done.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, said the tenant then went to Moslin’s flat and saw that the property was full of smoke.

The smoke then engulfed the communal areas within the flat complex, causing extensive damage. Mr Smith said the tenant was so angry with Moslin that he assaulted him. The prosecutor said: “The obvious consequences for him as a downstairs neighbour were severe.”

Police and firefighters were called and officers discovered 100 cannabis plants in the early stages of growth. The room was also fitted with heating and lighting equipment.

Moslin was arrested and admitted starting the fire. Mr Smith said: “He said he had a rough week due to personal events.”

Mr Smith said Moslin told officers he did not think the fire would have been able to reach other properties.

The court heard Moslin has four previous convictions but nothing for a similar offence,

Richard Reed, mitigating, said: “The offence occurred at a time when he was in a heavily emotional and distressed state.”

Mr Reed described his client as being vulnerable at the time of the offence.

He adde that Moslin also had a number of mental health issues. Mr Reed said Moslin had agreed to allow his home to be used for cannabis production after pressure from others.

Recorder Gurdial Singh said: “The damage was extensive. Thankfully no one was injured.

“This was a deliberate fire which you started and it could have had far more serious consequences.”

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