Judge doubts Hartlepool woman’s claim she set up £9k cannabis farm alone

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A JUDGE told a Hartlepool woman he doubted her story that she single-handedly set up a cannabis farm in her bedroom and she ran it herself.

Police found 20 cannabis plants which could have produced a £9,000 crop when they raided Gail Fuller’s home on April 19.

Fuller, 49, said that she had done it all herself, Teesside Crown Court was told.

Prosecuting, David Crook said that the electricity supply had been by-passed, there was sheeting around the upstairs bedroom walls, lighting suspended from the ceiling and fans.

There were no flowers on the plants, but the growth had been steady.

Mr Crook added: “When she was interviewed about it she said that she had done it all herself.

“She said that she was a cannabis user of £20 a day and £25 on a bad day, and that the cannabis grown would have been all for herself.”

Mr Crook went on: “The Crown is sceptical about what she said on the basis of the set-up, that she did it on her own, that it was a grow to support her habit. The Crown do not accept that it was entirely for her own use.”

Fuller had previous convictions back to 1982, but none for drugs, and the last was in 1985.

Paul Cleasby, mitigating, said Fuller clearly needed help and added: “She was vulnerable given her lack of means and she could quite easily fall prey to others despite her admissions that she grew it all for herself.”

Fuller, of Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, was sentenced to a two-year community order with supervision after she pleaded guilty to production of cannabis, fraudulent use of electricity and possession of cannabis.

Judge Howard Crowson told Fuller: “I have doubts about your explanation because I feel you were reluctant to say whether others were involved.

“I think there is a really good chance that we won’t meet again providing you take advantage of the supervision.”