Surbiton cannabis farmer told to pay up or go back to prison

Freddie Lee

Freddie Lee

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A gardener already serving time in prison for growing 51 cannabis plants in his garage has been ordered to pay £10,000 or face more time inside.

Freddie Lee, 55, of Thornhill Road in Surbiton was sentenced to two years in prison after he was found guilty of being concerned in the production of a controlled class B drug at Kingston Crown Court in January last year.

During his trial jurors heard he told officers he had just been house-sitting for his wife but later changed his story and said he had rented his garage out to be used as a storage facility.

There police found plants of up to 110cm in height.

A proceeds of crime confiscation hearing at Kingston Crown Court ordered him to pay back money he would have made or face a further six months in prison on Friday, January 10.

 

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10:06am Wed 15 Jan 14

DB says...

I like this approach. I have always thought it is a bit strange that crimes like this normally get punished with a short prison sentence and then the perpetrator is free to get on with his life living off of the ill-gotten gains.

I wonder if £10k is anything like a reasonabel approximation of what he made.
I like this approach. I have always thought it is a bit strange that crimes like this normally get punished with a short prison sentence and then the perpetrator is free to get on with his life living off of the ill-gotten gains. I wonder if £10k is anything like a reasonabel approximation of what he made. DB
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