Cannabis grower is caught by landlady
A chef who set up a cannabis factory in his apartment was caught by his landlady, a court has heard.
Paul Michael Stewart, from Brucevale Park in Belfast, will spend a year in jail and another on supervised licence after he admitted cultivating cannabis, possessing the Class B drug and dishonestly using electricity.
Belfast Crown Court heard the offending came to light on November 29, 2013 when Stewart's landlady decided to examine her Stranmillis Road property. What she found was a cannabis factory consisting of 246 plants.
The 28-year-old made full admissions after his arrest.
Stewart's solicitor told Judge David McFarland that his client was "put under a significant amount of duress" to grow the drugs, and was targeted at a "vulnerable" period in his life.
Sentencing Stewart to two years' jail, Judge McFarland said those who grow cannabis then sell it to others can expect a prison sentence. The judge ordered that the drugs be destroyed.