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Judge labels Shap man 'silly' for continuing cannabis use
6:22pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
A MAN from Shap has been labelled 'silly' by a judge for continuing to use cannabis after being warned he would probably go to prison if he did.
Stuart Bird, 27, was given a suspended prison sentence nearly two years ago after police raided Bird’s home and found £1,766-worth of cannabis and £1,850 in cash in a jacket pocket.
Bird later said that while most of the cannabis was for his own use he also sold some to members of the 'wrong crowd' he had fallen in with.
It later emerged that he had benefited by nearly £23,000 from drug-dealing.
Bird was warned in October 2011 that if he committed any further offences – especially if they involved drugs – he would probably be made to serve the 12-month sentence which had been put on hold.
But he was back at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday (Friday) to admit that he had been using cannabis ever since.
The court heard police had searched his home after he and several other people were arrested at a party in Penrith.
He was not charged with any offence connected with the party, but he was charged with possessing cannabis after police found a small amount of the class B drug in the drawer of a cabinet beside his bed.
The court heard that despite the judge’s warning two years ago Bird had gone on using cannabis occasionally.
“He does not always think things through consequentially,” defence solicitor John Smith said. “But clearly any consequences that follow are what he has brought on himself.”
Bird, who lives with his parents in Ocean Wells, Shap, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis and thereby breaking the terms of the suspended sentence.
Judge Barbara Forrester told him: “I hope you realise what a silly young man you are. It almost seems as if you have a wish to go to prison.”
But she said that since he had successfully completed other parts of the sentence – including doing unpaid community work – there was no need to send him to prison.
She gave him six months’ probation supervision and put him under an electronically monitored curfew to keep him indoors at home every night for the next two months.
He was also ordered to pay £340 court costs and a £60 statutory surcharge.