Judge’s ‘wake up’ warning to couple

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A couple have been told to “wake up and smell the coffee” if they want to put their lives in order.

The advice came from Judge Jacqueline Beech after she was told a bedroom at their rented home in Edith Street, Nelson, had been converted into a cannabis farm.

She told Richard Connell and Amanda Heseltine: “You are abusing yourselves and society. You are both still young, but are not doing yourself or society any good.”

Judge Beech told defence advocate Mr Richard Taylor it was rubbish to say Connell had been unable to avoid the cannabis because he was on a court curfew attached to the house.

“This is a man convicted of the production of cannabis,” she said. “He knew the consequences and if he was against it, he should have destroyed the plants and had nothing to do with it.”

Connell, of Rothesay Road, Brierfield had pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis, amphetamines and Temazepam and was given a six-month and six-week jail term suspended for 18 months with a 8pm to 6am curfew.

Heseltine has already been sentenced by Pennine magistrates.