'Prepper' who fears global meltdown jailed for growing cannabis plants in Belfast
A 'prepper' who was caught cultivating cannabis plants which he planned to use to make cannabis oil has been jailed for six months.
Representing himself, 28-year-old Polish national Przemyflaw Pril was complimented on the way he prepared his defence and was told by Judge Gemma Loughran: "There are lawyers who could learn from the care you have taken in presenting your material."
Described in court as a prepper - someone who hoards and prepares for a disaster situation or catastrophe - Pril admitted a single charge of cultivating cannabis at his former home at Meadowbank Street in Belfast on April 5, 2013. He was handed a six-month sentence after admitting cultivating the Class C drug, but made the case that he was not a dealer and was growing the drugs for his own personal use and for medical reasons.
Outlining the background, a Crown prosecutor said police searched the house in east Belfast which at the time was being rented by Pril, and that during the search a number of cannabis plants were found.
Two rooms had been adapted for growing the plants, and also present in the house were heat lamps, scales, a drying facility and thermal insulation sheeting.
Revealing that the plants included 20 which were mature or close to maturity as well as nine immature plants and 45 smaller plants, the prosecutor said that £15,000 in cash was also found.
The court heard Pril admitted growing the plants, and said he was a 'prepper' - someone who prepares for a disaster situation. When asked about the amount of money found, Pril said he was fearful of banks in the current climate. Pril also said he was growing the plants to make cannabis oil which he was planning to use for medicinal purposes. He appeared before the court with no previous convictions and a good work record.
The prosecutor said that after Pril's two mobile phones were seized and examined, there was nothing to implicate him in dealing or supplying the drugs to anyone else.