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Pair grew cannabis above Chinese restaurant in Co Down

By Ashleigh McDonald

Two Asian nationals have been jailed on charges arising from the discovery of a cannabis factory consisting of over 400 plants above a Chinese restaurant.

Phat Suong Chim (47) and Dat Chung Duong (63) appeared in the dock of Downpatrick Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, where they heard the growing operation described as "sophisticated."

Both Chim, from Bradburne Way in Birmingham and Duong, from Stevenson Park in Lurgan, pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis above the White Satin chinese restaurant on Greyabbey's Main Street. The pair also admitted diverting electricity and causing criminal damage to the interior of the flat.

Crown prosecutor David McDowell QC said police searched the premises on August 23, 2013, and found the cannabis plants.

Judge Kerr sentenced Chim to 30 months, half of which will be spent on licence with the remaining 15 months spent on supervised licence upon his release from custody. Duong was handed a two-year sentence, 50% of which will be served in custody with the remaining year on licence.

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