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Landlord had cannabis growing in garden shed

A SOUTH Dublin landlord has admitted growing up to €7,000 worth of cannabis plants in a garden shed at his home.

Douglas Rowand (40) was caught cultivating the plants on his property in a garda raid. Officers accepted it was for his own use and no evidence of sale or supply of the drug was found in the search.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case at Dublin District Court for a community service report.

He recommended 150 hours instead of a two-month sentence if the accused is found suitable, but refused to leave him without a criminal conviction, saying the case was too serious.

The accused, of Sydenham Road, Ballsbridge, pleaded guilty to cultivation of cannabis at that address last June 20.

The court heard gardai found 10 cannabis plants in a shed to the rear of the property. Five of them were fully mature and the five were of "medium maturity", a garda witness said.

cooperative

The accused attended the scene, was cooperative throughout and made full admissions when detained.

"From speaking to him and assessing the scene, it was obvious the cannabis was grown for personal use," the prosecuting garda told the court.

"There was no sign of bagging or weighing and no indication that it was being grown for sale or supply to others."

Judge Walsh said he had "difficulty squaring" the value of the drug with the evidence that it was for personal use.

Defence solicitor Tracy Horan said the valuation placed on the drugs was "hypothetical" and they could be worth far less than the estimate.

Rowand accepted he had a difficulty with cannabis, had gone for rehabilitation and was "doing very well".

The court heard the defendant's family owned houses which they rented out and he acted as landlord.

Rowand had never been in trouble before.

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