A mum-of-three (Ed: an appellation that always galls – she’s bred three children, that doesn’t make her a ‘mother’…) who converted her family’s home in to a drugs den has narrowly avoided jail.How..?
Laurie Pearce, from Somercotes in Laindon, told a Basildon Crown Court judge that she grew 103 cannabis plants for personal use after a small batch of seeds got out of hand./facepalm
However, Judge Ian Graham dismissed her excuses, and sentenced her to 18 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and 150 hours community service.
He said: “It is extraordinarily stupid for someone who says they care so much about their children to get involved in growing drugs.”Her sob story must have been awesome…
Mark Savage, mitigating, said Pearce, 35, worked part-time as a cleaner and did not have money for drugs, so decided to grow her own.
The court heard she had started drinking and using drugs as a teenager after her mother attempted suicide when she was aged eight. He said: “She gained her knowledge of growing drugs from the internet and it got out of hand. Her two mobile phones were seized and there was no evidence she was dealing drugs.
“There was no communication with parties dealing drugs, such as the Bush Boys who operate in Laindon. Similarly, there were no large quantities of cash in the house or dealer lists.”Amazing that a part-time cleaning job gives you enough to keep three kids and two mobile phones, eh? Who’d have thunk it?
Judge Graham said: “You have three kids who depend on you, yet you decided to embark on a cannabis operation.
“You should have thought much more about them before starting this cannabis factory.
“You placed yourself at great risk of going to prison, which would have separated you from them.”Which might have been the best thing for them. But only if it had happened when they were much, much younger.
By now, they have been raised in mum’s image, so we have three more mouths to add to the benefit bill in a few years time.