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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Huge electricity bill for Cumbrian cannabis-grower

A man who cultivated cannabis at his flat near Carlisle could face a £2,539 bill for the electricity he used to do it.

Paul Nicholas Carter, 50, of Cocklakes Court, Cotehill, pleaded guilty at the city’s Crown Court today to producing cannabis, a class B drug, between June 19 and September 19 last year.

He also admitted dishonestly abstracting electricity by by-passing the meter.

No details of the case were given in court by defence counsel Greg Hoare.

He told the judge that Carter, who has health problems brought about by an addiction to prescribed drugs, had made “full and frank admissions” when questioned by the police after his arrest.

Carter was remanded on unconditional bail for background reports and will be sentenced when he next appears in court, on April 16.

Prosecuting barrister Kenneth Grant said no action would be taken to claim back Carter’s profits under the Proceeds of Crime Act, but he would probably be made to pay the cost of the electricity he used.

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