Ilfracombe man grew cannabis to help relieve pain

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

Painter and decorator was found with £600 worth of the home-grown drug in a jar under his bed in police raid.

A PAINTER and decorator found with home-grown cannabis stashed in his bedroom said he smoked it to relieve pain from a spinal condition.

Richard Banka, of 9 Regent Place, Ilfracombe, was found to have £600 worth of cannabis in a glass jar under his bed when police raided his home.

Officers also drug growing paraphernalia in a separate bedroom and Banka admitted in interview he had grown the drugs for his own use.

Banka pleaded guilty to the charge of possession and said he had been smoking the drug on and off for 15 years to help him deal with pain.


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Magistrates sentenced him to a conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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