Magistrates decline jurisdiction over case that alleges a Wisbech man produced cannabis with £25k street value
PUBLISHED: 12:17 21 January 2011
A MAN accused of growing cannabis with a potential street value of more than £25,000 is to face trial at Crown Court.
Stuart Howlett, 33, of Bath Road, Wisbech, is alleged to have grown the class B drug in Wisbech on October 10 last year. He is also accused dishonestly using a quantity of electricity.
Fenland magistrates declined jurisdiction over the case, after Howlett chose not to enter pleas. He was given unconditional bail until a committal hearing on March 12.
At an earlier hearing at Fenland Magistrates’ Court, Howlett had admitted assaulting a woman on October 26 last year.
After reading a report from the probation service, the court gave Howlett a three-month suspended jail sentence, and he was ordered to attend a domestic abuse course.
The magistrates put a restraining order on Howlett, forbidding him to contact his victim for two years. He must pay £85 costs.
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