A man’s £5,000 cannabis farm was discovered after he contacted police about a potential burglary.
Phillip Harrison phoned officers as he feared somebody was going to burgle a neighbour or his property in Hartlepool on November 6 last year.
Teesside Crown Court heard how the concerned 47-year-old let police inside his address and they discovered a cannabis farm in an upstairs bedroom.
Kate Barnes, prosecuting, told the court how they found a large tent inside a bedroom with 10 cannabis plants, foil and lighting and the electricity at the premises had been bypassed.
She said: “The front bedroom had been entirely converted.”
Ms Barnes said that the 10 cannabis plants were valued to be worth around £5,600.
She added: “The defendant described it as sorely for his own use, there’s no evidence to say that’s not the case.
“It was a relatively sophisticated set up inside the property.”
Ms Barnes said that Harrison was interviewed by officers and admitted growing the plants from seeds as it was more “cost effective” to do so.
The court in Middlesbrough heard how Harrison had previously been handed a suspended prison sentence for a charge of handling stolen goods and he was in breach of the order.
Harrison, of Allerton Close, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to production of a controlled drug class B and breaching a suspended sentence order.
Judge Jonathan Carroll told Kelleigh Lodge, defending, that it was a “particularly sophisticated” cannabis farm.
She told the judge: “It was his own grow for his own personal use. He said that the equipment was bought online.
“He actually telephoned the police because of hearing someone braying on the neighbours door and then on his door. He thought that person was going to burgle a neighbour or himself.
“When the police did attend he brought them into the property.
“He admitted there were cannabis plants growing upstairs.”
Ms Lodge told said Harrison, who appeared in court via video link to Durham prison, suffers from mental health issues.
She said: “He would say the offending in relation to him growing these plants is linked to a deterioration in his mental health. He’s been diagnosed and suffered from depression and anxiety for a number of years and also started to suffer from blackouts as well.”
She added that he had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and he could lose his property if he was to be sent to prison.
Judge Carroll told Harrison: “This case came to light as a result of you contacting the police when you thought that your premises were about to be burgled.
“You didn’t think it through because when the police turned up and spoke to you they came into your house and saw, well rather smelt the rather sophisticated cannabis grow we had set up in one of your upstairs bedrooms. That led to your arrest.”
He sentenced Harrison to two months in prison suspended for 12 months.
The judge also ordered him to complete 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days and abide by a curfew for four months.