A woman persuaded by her daughter’s partner to allow a cannabis farm to be set up at her home in exchange for cash has been spared a jail sentence.
Sharon Lincoln was arrested at her home in Peddars Way, South Shields, in December after police found 30 plants in one of its rooms.
You gave in to temptation and allowed your daughter’s partner to persuade you into using your home to grow cannabis. It was the wrong decision, as you now know.Judge Edward Bindloss
The 51-year-old pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to a charge of attempting to produce a class B drug.
Bridie Smurthwaite, prosecuting, told the court: “There were 1.26 kilos of skunk cannabis across three different crops, and the value was between £5,040 and £6,300.
“The crops were maintained once a week.
“She has made a full admission to the offence and is aware that what she did was wrong.”
She added: “She was trying to improve her financial situation, and that was the main motive behind her actions.
Judge Edward Bindloss gave Lincoln a 12-month supervision order.
She was also ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.
The judge said told her: “You saw an opportunity to try to make your life a bit better.
“You gave in to temptation and allowed your daughter’s partner to persuade you into using your home to grow cannabis.
“It was the wrong decision, as you now know, as you have ended up at court.
“It’s a serious offence.
“I have taken into consideration your previous good character that you have upheld for many years.
“I fully accept you are remorseful.”