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Hardworking Innsworth builder diligent in his cannabis growing set up

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

Gloucester Crown Court

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An isolated man spent his daytime working and his evenings sat alone in his Innsworth home smoking cannabis, a court heard.

Building foreman Duncan Cooper smoked around £200 worth of the drug a week and created a sophisticated set up to grow the drug from his bedrooms.

Police busted the 49-year-old’s Swallow Crescent home on October 25, last year and discovered £11,700 of the drug growing.

Prosecutor Simon Goodman said despite the quantity there was no evidence Cooper was dealing.

He said: “There was no other evidence of an extravagant living or money going in and out.

“The Crown does not put forward this case on the basis there was commercial supply.

“There were seeds in the fridge so he knew what he was doing. He explained he grew it for his own use.”

The court heard Cooper had a conviction for possession of cannabis with intent to supply in Worcester, but it dated back 17 years.

Defending Nicole Colwill said Cooper had lived alone since his children grew up and moved out.

She said: “All his life he has been a fully contributing member of society. He is highly regarded in his work place.

“He is incredibly ashamed and embarrassed to be here.

“He works very long hours and is reliable. He works and works and goes home to an empty house and spends most of his evenings smoking.

“He applied the same sort of diligence to his cannabis growing as he did to his work.”

She added that isolated Cooper lived a frugal and modest lifestyle and was suffering from anxiety and depression.

Cooper pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis and two counts of possession of the drug.

Recorder Stephen Climie gave Cooper an eight month jail term suspended for two years.

He ordered he underwent 12 months supervision with a six month drug rehabilitation requirement.

Cooper will also have to carry out 120 hours unpaid work, pay £200 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

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  • aroakley  |  May 31 2014, 6:05PM

    Victim surcharge? Who was the victim? Did he pay it to himself?

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  • dugwan  |  May 31 2014, 2:55PM

    Citron...thank you for re-in forcing my argument for me, I don't think that over 50% of the voters of Washington state and Colorado are a few brain addled individuals, I think you should go back to your pint of whatever you've damaged yourself with , and don't pipe up again till you've enlightened yourself fool! Oh and for the record I have a PhD in astrophysics.

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  • citon  |  May 31 2014, 2:28PM

    Dugwan, everybody else is wrong, but a few brain addled individuals like you are right? I don't think so. Perhaps if you turned your back on drugs, you might recover some of your intelligence.

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  • dugwan  |  May 31 2014, 12:58PM

    The judge and your other two commenters show the astoundingly belligerent ignorance surrounding cannabis, it's cultivation and use, by some of the more philistine members of British society. This gentle man has nothing to be ashamed of , and I personally have nothing but respect for him living his life as he sees fit and not dictated to by an out of touch judiciary with no idea about the modern world, just take a look at what's going on in the US Uruguay Spain the Czech Republic , etc the tide is turning and soon we will all be able to grow and use herbs the same way we do tomatoes , maybe these dinosaurs would rather we all poison ourselves with that grubby but legal drug alcohol, and be out on the streets making a nuisance of ourselves with their like minded majority.

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  • P_I_Staker  |  May 31 2014, 11:54AM

    Should have random drugs tests and if fails goto prison!

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  • citon  |  May 31 2014, 8:56AM

    I'm not surprised that he was suffering from anxiety and depression. That's what drugs do to you.

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