Man caught with cannabis after burglar alarm went off

15:32 01 February 2013

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

Archant

Prosecutor called it a ‘spot of bad luck’ that the young man was caught with the drug after a neighbour reported the alarm sounding in his house.

A YOUNG man was caught with 55.1g of cannabis after police arrived at his home to investigate when his burglar alarm went off by accident, magistrates heard today (Fri).

Jules McHugh, 20, had been trying to turn the alarm off when officers alerted by a neighbour arrived at his house in what prosecutor Mark Haddow called a ‘spot of bad luck’ for the defendant on November 2.

Officers found McHugh in the property at 20 Stoat Park, Barnstaple, which he explained was his own, but smelt cannabis and spotted various pieces of paraphernalia lying around.

McHugh straight away admitted the drugs were his before voluntarily leading officers to his car where they found a 37g bag of cannabis.

He told officers it was cheaper to buy in bulk for his own personal use and despite them finding several phones which were investigated they found no evidence to suggest he was dealing.

Rod Ball, defending, told magistrates McHugh had installed the burglar alarm after a previous property he had been living in was burgled.

He said the 20-year-old, who had no previous convictions, was studying plastering at Petroc, hoping to gain an NVQ in property maintenance.

McHugh pleaded guilty to possessing the cannabis at North Devon Magistrates’ Court and was given a conditional discharge for six months and ordered him to pay £40 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Simon Harris.

Former Latin teacher and charity was ‘predatory sex offender’ abusing boys in North Devon and Kenya.

Read more
Councillor Rodney Cann welcomes the new vehicles

Councillor ‘delighted’ with ‘big leap into the future’

Read more
15:08
Barnstaple's new TK Maxx store is expected to open next summer. Picture: Andy Keeble

National women’s fashion retailer the latest addition to town’s Green Lanes Shopping Centre.

Read more
14:56
Dennis Pilon said he was unable to watch as fire ripped through his workshop and summer house in the garden of his home in Zephyr Close. Picture: Andy Keeble

Barnstaple grandfather said he was unable to watch as workshop and summer house went up in flames.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Subscriptions
Reader travel
Advertise
Photo Orders
Competitions
Facebook
Twitter
North Devon Football League
North Devon Gazette E-edition

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition
North Devon�s trusted business finder