Cannabis grown by Swansea mum to wipe debt
A MOTHER grew drugs in her home because she had fallen into debt with a loan shark.
Police only discovered the plants growing at Samantha Day's Gwynedd Avenue home in Townhill after she called 999 following an alleged domestic abuse incident.
Officers who responded to the emergency call on October 6 told Day they wanted to ensure the safety of the 25-year-old's daughter, and asked if they could examine the property.
Prosecuting, Lisa Jones told Swansea Magistrates' Court that after police had asked if they could go upstairs, Day had responded: "I called you to get Scott to leave.
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"Now I am in trouble. It is a bit of weed.
"I do not want to get in trouble for growing dope."
Police discovered a large canvas tent in an upstairs room, inside which was apparatus for growing cannabis and around nine cannabis plants, approximately 150cm in height.
Mitigating, Simon Howell said: "The circumstances in this case are somewhat unusual.
"This is a single mother who has been in an abusive, difficult relationship.
"In financial difficulty she had turned to a loan shark. Initially there was no trouble making the payments because she was in full-time employment.
"Unfortunately, a relative who helped with childcare became ill, and she had to give up her job.
"This was a lady under considerable pressure when in severe financial difficulties and could not see a way out."
Mr Howell told the court that the loan shark had refused to negotiate the terms of repayment, and had become aggressive and even assaulted Day.
To wipe out the debt, the pair had agreed that Day would allow her home to be used to grow cannabis plants on a one-off basis.
Mr Howell added: "She called police to her house. It shows her naivety. She is unemployed, but she is hoping to get back into work."
Magistrates gave Day, who admitted cultivation of nine cannabis plants, a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and £85 costs.