If you substitute Meth for Weed, and you switch medical bills to a son’s debts, then you’re sort of there… Ok. I just said that to try and lure you in. It’s not as good as Breaking Bad, but then what is?
Basically, a Dad in Hartlepool had set up a real life cannabis farm in his house worth up to £42,000. Now fortunately, having the good old NHS here (long may it reign) it wasn’t because he needed to pay for medical bills, but there was a slightly altruistic motive in that his defence was based around the fact he was trying to help pay for his son’s debts.
Having found out his son owed a drug dealer a substantial amount of money (I assume most stereotypical dealers are not the kind of people you want to owe money) Stephen Phillips, 46, then turned to growing his own cannabis to try and clear the debts.
As it happens, the judge was sympathetic to his loyalty to his son, and given that was his only motivation, spared him any jail time.
Mark Styles, mitigating, said that Phillips's cannabis farm operated for only a short period of time. He added: "Clearly he accepts that he should not have got involved, but it was out of loyalty to his son.
"The debt was settled by his other son who took out a loan and paid it off."
Phillips was given a four months jail sentence suspended for two years after he pleaded guilty to production of a Class B drug cannabis between March 1 and March 26.