Man laughs after court gives drugs sentence

Portsmouth Crown Court

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POLICE uncovered eight cannabis plants when they raided a home in Fareham.

Jason Hayward has been ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work following the raid at his address in Fairfield Avenue.

After leaving the court room where his wife and one-year-old daughter were waiting outside for him, the 35-year-old laughed and said: ‘What a result.’

Hayward, who works in the building trade, had pleaded guilty to a charge of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and one of producing a quantity of cannabis.

Prosecutor Richard Withey said police officers searched the address on the morning of August 26, last year.

In a downstairs room they found a tent set up for growing the class B drug, with lighting, a watering system and eight plants.

Officers also found a small amount of the drug drying in the loft.

In total police said the plants would have yielded £100 worth of cannabis.

The court heard Hayward has previous convictions for 16 offences, including four for possession of cannabis as well as burglary and theft.

Alistair Wright, defending, said Hayward was not supplying the drugs on a commercial scale.

‘Historically he has used cannabis to quite a large degree and over many, many years,’ he said.

Recorder Sarah Munro QC ordered Hayward to pay £85 in court costs at a rate of £10 a week.