Man set up a drugs factory in family home

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A man has admitted setting up a cannabis factory in the attic of the home he lived in with his partner and three children.

William Kearns, 37, of Broadlands, Brixworth, was given a suspended jail sentence at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

He admitted cultivating 81 cannabis plants in his family home.

He set up the factory shortly after Christmas 2012 but was caught when police raided his home on March 22 this year.

Stella Moses, prosecuting, said Kearns told officers he set up the factory because he was “fed up with paying for cannabis”.

He told police the drugs were grown for his own use and he made no financial gain from growing the drugs.

Ms Moses said: “The police did a detailed search of the defendants’ financial accounts and there were no obvious signs of financial gain to either of them.”

The prosecutor stated Kearns was unemployed at the time of his arrest but did not claim benefits.

He relied on handouts given to him from his partner and his parents.

Kearns’ partner, Rachel Morin, 39, who lives at the same address, pleaded guilty to permitting the production of a class B drug in her home.

Ms Moses said: “Ms Morin had an understanding that Mr Kearns was growing some cannabis.”

The total amount of drugs found in the property was 81 cannabis plants, 129 dried buds and there were lights and equipment used to cultivate the class B drug.

Kearns was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. He must also complete 200 hours unpaid work.

Morin was given a 12-month community order including 100 hours of unpaid work.

She was also ordered to pay £85 costs and victim surcharge of £60.