Man grew cannabis at former girlfriend’s Leeds home

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A MAN who was caught growing 20 cannabis plants at the home of his former girlfriend has been jailed.

Police discovered the cannabis factory at Lianne Rutherford’s council house on Rachel Court, Harehills, Leeds, on August 18 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers executed a search warrant at the property after receiving information.

Jeremy Lindsay, prosecuting, said Rutherford told officers that cannabis plants were being grown in room stairs. Mr Lindsay said the plants were capable of producing cannabis with a street value of more than £7,000.

Rutherford, 26, told officers she had no involvement but her former partner James Rowley would come to the flat to look after them. Rowley, of Clyde Grange, Armley, was arrested and immediately admitted his involvement.

Rowley, 39, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and Rutherford pleaded guilty to permitting premises to used for the production of cannabis.

Kara Firth, for Rutherford, said her client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. Rutherford was given a 12 month community and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work. Rowley was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, told Rowley: “Yours was a leading role and this was a sophisticated cannabis factory.”

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