Injured man’s drugs found after break-in

Crime story
Crime story

A WIGAN man’s illegal drug-growing operation was discovered when he drunkenly tried breaking into his own home.

Justices heard that Mark Seddon was the cause of his own downfall when he injured himself smashing a window at his house in Cumberland Street, Whelley, after finding himself locked out.

My client grows it purely for his own use. It is clear he has personal issues which have never fully been addressed

Colin Rawson - defending

Paramedics were called and when the 32-year-old didn’t give a coherent explanation for what happened, they in turn rang the police who then happened across a handful of cannabis plants he was cultivating for his own use. Seddon pleaded guilty to a charge of producing class B drugs at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecuting Katie Beattie said Seddon arrived home after a night out, he didn’t have a key, his girlfriend was out and so he broke a window. But he gashed himself so badly that ambulance staff described his condition critical. Police were called and on making a routine check upstairs found four cannabis plants growing under light. Ms Beattie said: “In interview he admitted he smokes daily to help with depression. He said he’d had the plants for five weeks after he had borrowed equipment from a friend.”

Defending, Colin Rawson said: “My client grows it purely for his own use. It is clear he has personal issues which have never fully been addressed. Now because of the nasty injury he cannot work.”

Seddon was handed a 16-month conditional discharge and must pay costs of £100 and £15 victim surcharge. Magistrates also ordered the plants’ destruction.