Hartlepool man had cannabis in his mother’s summer house

A Hartlepool man admitted having cannabis in his mother’s summer house.

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 12:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 12:15 pm
The case was heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court.
The case was heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court.

John William Flounders, 25, of Forfar Road, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug when he appeared before Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

Natalie Robinson, prosecuting, said police attended Flounders’ home on November 3 with the intention of speaking to him about an entirely different matter.

She said: “They go to the summer house in the rear garden and there is a sofa, divan and chairs.”

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She said they also found a glass jar containing a small cannabis bush and a small quantity of cannabis.

Ms Robinson said: “He states he was smoking cannabis. The amount would have cost him around £30.”

Neil Taylor, defending, said: “Mr Flounders pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity. He makes full and frank admissions.”

He added that the matter the police originally visited the house to talk to him about had been dropped.

He said: “He realises it is illegal to have cannabis, but as you heard it was in the summer house at his mother’s house where he resides and it was a very small amount.”

Flounders, who is unemployed, was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £21 surcharge.