Fife man produced cannabis at home to avoid buying from drug dealers

A Fife man who admitted producing cannabis at his home address has had his sentence deferred until June.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 8:00 am

Keith Jhoomun, of West Leven Street, Burntisland appeared before Sheriff Alison Michie at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Jhoomun, 46, admitted that on October 21, 2019 at his home address he produced cannabis, a class B drug, contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

The Procurator Fiscal Depute told the court: “At 11.30pm on October 21, 2019 police officers were requested to attend. They knocked at the door which was insecure and shouted ‘police’ after being asked to attend at the address due to a disturbance.

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The case called at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

"When they went into the rear bedroom they observed a large foil tent with heat lamps, other equipment and cannabis plants. There was also a bag of cannabis weighing 9.6 grams.”

Jhoomun’s defence lawyer said they were immature plants and that his client had been attempting to grow his own cannabis for the first time. He said Jhoomun had smoked cannabis for years to help with back pain and his intention was to grow it just for himself – that he did not want to pay drug dealers for it and did not want to be part of that criminal lifestyle.

He said Jhoomun had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and that he had had an appointment with Fife counselling service DAPL which he had found to be very helpful.

Sheriff Michie said in light of the age of the offence she would defer sentence for three months until June 15 to allow him to engage with DAPL and obtain further treatment or assistance as needed.

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