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Ipswich: Dopey pot grower Leon Kerry jailed after being “too honest for his own good”

17:26 07 August 2014

'Honest" cannabis grower Leon Kerry jailed

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A cannabis grower has been jailed after being “too honest for his own good” and virtually talking himself into a prison sentence.

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Leon Kerry, of Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, was given a total of 15 months imprisonment by Ipswich Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to two counts of producing the Class B drug.

The 36-year-old was arrested after police discovered four cannabis plants in a garage he was renting from Natasha Gray in Lakeside Close, Ipswich in August last year.

A further search of Kerry’s home a short distance away in Lakeside Road found 15 more plants being grown in the upstairs of the property.

Neil Saunders, representing Kerry who has previous drug convictions, told the court comments made by defendants in the compilation of a pre-sentence report often seek to minimise what they have done.

However, on this occasion Mr Saunders said: “Mr Kerry certainly didn’t do that.

“It’s a hugely honest report by Mr Kerry in his response to the questions given. If anything they were too honest for his own good.

“He obviously has been using cannabis for some time.”

The solicitor then quoted what Kerry said in the report. The unemployed cannabis grower stated: “To be honest, I can’t see me giving up. I don’t need it. I like it.”.

Mr Saunders subsequently added: “The difficulty is until such time as his attitudes change – and that will require some time – he’s going to continue to smoke cannabis. There we have it.”

Sentencing Kerry Recorder Ian Evans told him: “You clearly committed to a life on cannabis and its production.

“That’s reflected in your views expressed to the probation officer who described your rigid thinking still, and she believes your attitudes are born our of stubbornness and a reaction to your arrest.

“She believes your risks of re-offending are much higher than any statistical model projects.”

Kerry’s co-accused Gray, now of Newnham Court, Ipswich was said to be at the other end of the spectrum after admitting one offence of being concerned in the production of cannabis.

The judge accepted the 30-year-old part-time waitress had effectively turned a blind eye to what Kerry had been doing in her garage.

The court had been told Gray did not even possess the key to the garage and that Kerry had it.

Gray was given a 12-month conditional discharge.

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7 comments

  • Honest...???? Give me a break. He produced it to use AND to sell. His type bring misery to the world. Honest...yeah right.

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    waspie

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • IF HE IS DOPEY where is grumpy as most people who smoke the green stuff .seem to be grumpy not dopey

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    Lee mundy

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • The moral of this story? Honesty is not the best policy.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Waspie's wife..I think the headline is apt. Darry Noel, there are too many young men ending up in psychiatric care, thanks to a plant.

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    waspie

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Are you actually allowed to call hime dopey? I am sure as heck if I did you would moderate my comment.

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    C Smith

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I don't approve of Cannabis, but REALLY. He admits he likes a joint, he doesnt sound like and international crook, and its apparent he is honest. If anyone was to become a regular cannabis user I would far sooner they be a user of his small scale home grown than street drugs, cut with goodness knows what and probably linked to gangs and hard core criminals. If anything, this will not change anyones attitudes but harden them. Its a waste of money jailing someone like this when harden crooks seem to be getting away with their offences daily areound here!

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    Sentinel Red

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Outrageous, as I read this article it wiffs of 1930 Germany, man has his freedom taken away and why? Not for growing a plant that has now been proven to be less dangerous than alcohol and tabaco but also treats many many illnesses, but for not changing his mind when bullied to do so by thugs, good on him for standing up for honesty

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    Darryl Noe

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

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