Cannabis plants found at house


When the home of a Banbridge man was searched police found a cannabis plant in the attic and four more in a shed in the garden.

Michael Robert Anderson (46), White Acres, Banbridge, admitted cultivating a cannabis plant and unlawful possession of cannabis on October 21 last year.

Banbridge Magistrates Court heard last Thursday that a search was carried out at the home of the defendant.

One cannabis plant was found in the attic, four more were in a shed in the rear garden and a small amount of cannabis was found in the bedroom.

Anderson had a history of ill health and had grown the cannabis for self medication. He had only been growing it for a few weeks.

Mr Frank McCartan, representing the defendant, said Anderson had served a prison sentence following a previous appearance in court and this had led to depression and difficulty in getting a job.

He lost one job when his previous history came to light.

He added that his client was doing his best to turn the corner and maybe probation could help.

District Judge, Mr Paul Copeland, adjourned sentencing in case until April 16 so that a pre-sentence report could be prepared.