Assault arrest led to drug-farm find

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A MAN who attacked his partner after a drinking session led police to a cannabis farm at his home when they turned up to arrest him.

Bradley Newrick said he had little recollection of the assault, in which he punched the woman a number of times and bit down on her lip.

The 34-year-old initially denied the assault but entered a guilty plea on the day of trial at an earlier court hearing.

He was back at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court to be sentenced.

Newrick, of Calf Close, Jarrow, entered an immediate guilty plea to the charge of producing a Class B controlled drug.

The court heard that, when police went to arrest Newrick after the assault on February 7, they found six cannabis plants and 12 seedlings at the house.

Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said: “The victim said she had been in a relationship with him for a number of years and suffered facial injuries that lasted for about a week.

“She is asking for a restraining order. She doesn’t want any contact with him at all.”

Laura Johnson, defending, said: “Mr Newrick had lived with the victim for seven years. In the build-up to the incident they had arguments and falling outs and she had moved out. They agreed to meet up at a pub and both had a significant amount of alcohol before they went back to his address, where the incident occured.

“Due to the amount of alcohol he had consumed, he had very little recollection of the incident. But he accepts he did bite down on her lip and punch her on a number of occasions.

“In regards to the cannabis prioduction, he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity. He was producing it for his own use as he couldn’t afford to buy it from dealers.

“He apologises for his behaviour and accepts full responsibility.”

Newrick was given a 12-month comunity order with 100 hours’ unpaid work and was ordered to pay costs of £100 and compensation of £150 to his former partner.

He was also given a 12-month restraining order.