Ipswich crash victim who uses cannabis to dull the pain he suffers is spared jail

Man spared jail for growing cannabis

Man spared jail for growing cannabis - Credit: Contributed

A 42-year-old man who uses cannabis to dull the constant pain he suffers from a motorcycle accident has been spared prison for growing the drug.

Danny Webb, of Partridge Road, Ipswich, admitted producing a Class B drug when he appeared before the town’s South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

When Webb returned to the court for sentencing his solicitor David Allan told the court: “He plainly suffers greatly from the ongoing, daily, constant pain from the injury he continues to deal with.

“He resorts to using cannabis because he finds it relieves the pain, assists him sleep, and his general well-being.”

Mr Allan said his client’s pain was so intense the reality is there was a likelihood he would have to use cannabis again.

Previously prosecutor Ian Devine had told the court the case involved the production of 16 cannabis plants which were found when police executed a search warrant at Webb’s home on August 20 last year.

Four were mature flowering plants, while the remaining 12 were cuttings but were around nine inches tall.

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The cannabis was said to have been for Webb’s personal use, specifically to deal with the pain he suffers from a motorcycle crash.

Webb attended court in a wheelchair with his right leg propped up on a metal plate.

The magistrates were told when police went to his home they found a purpose-made tent in an upstairs room in which the cannabis was growing.

The prosecution accepted it was being cultivated for his own use.

Outlining where he believed the offence sat in the sentencing guidelines Mr Devine said: “It was a lesser role for his own benefit. There is no suggestion of supply.”

The magistrates sentenced Webb to eight weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

However, Chairman of the Bench Ann Graves warned him the sentence was likely to be activated if he is caught using cannabis again.

Webb was also ordered to pay £20 costs and £80 to the victims’ fund.

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