Drug crop puts man in court

By Riverine Herald

A TONGALA man who was growing several marijuana plants in his backyard — to help treat his epilepsy — has promised to stay out of trouble for the next 12 months.

David Bruce Andrews appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Wednesday this week, where he stood to plead guilty to cultivating cannabis plants.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Bush told the court police executed a drugs search warrant on his Finlay Rd property on December 29, 2017.

‘‘The accused was not home at the time but during the search police found five cannabis plants, all about 1m in height, growing in a glasshouse,’’ he said.

‘‘The plants were seized and when interviewed by police the accused made admission to using the drug to self medicate his epilepsy.’’

Magistrate Megan Aumair said Andrews went about his health issues the wrong way.

‘‘There is a right way and the wrong way to go about this and you chose the wrong way,’’ she said.

‘‘If you continue to grow cannabis you will continue to get in trouble.’’

Ms Aumair sentenced him to a 12 month undertaking and also ordered him to pay $500 to the court fund.