Father and son in court after police raiding Portsmouth home find cannabis plants and ‘deals list’

  • Raid found plants grown by dad but ‘deals list’ found in son’s bedroom
  • Son claims no link between four plants growing and his dealing
  • Deals list contained his own name and his mother’s name
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A FATHER held his head in his hands as he watched his son sentenced by a judge over supplying cannabis.

Brandon Ayling, 18, appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court after previously admitting possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

The defence position is that he is the only person responsible for that – he does not seek to blame his parents

Matthew Jewell

The court heard his father Trevor Ayling, 51, who sat in the public gallery, had been fined in the magistrates court for producing cannabis in what the defence said was an unconnected matter.

Martyn Booth, prosecuting, said their home in Washbrook Road, Wymering, was raided by police in December. Mr Booth said: ‘As part of that search they found in the garage to the property a fairly small cannabis factory.’

He added: ‘It was a fairly modest set-up, involving four plants being grown by the person concerned. That person was Trevor Ayling, the defendant’s father.’

The court heard Trevor Ayling was taken to Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court where he admitted the offence and was fined £450 with £125 legal costs to pay.

Police also found £250 in cash, 40 roll-bags of cannabis and a ‘deals list’ which included production line worker Brandon Ayling’s own name and his mother’s among the 13 names. Deals were done at £10 or £20 a time.

All of these were found in the teenager’s bedroom.

Matthew Jewell, defending the teenager, said: ‘The defence position is that he is the only person responsible for that – he does not seek to blame his parents.

‘He was responsible for selling and supplying drugs to his mother.’

Mr Jewell added: ‘One of the reasons he comes into this is his recently significant cannabis habit, that’s why he was accounting for himself.’

Recorder Anne Arnold imposed a 12-month community order with four months of supervision and one month of a drug rehabilitation requirement.

The teenager must pay £410 in costs.

Mrs Arnold warned him he must attend appointments with probation, adding: ‘If you don’t do that you will be brought back to court.’