December 1, 2022

Yorkshire car salesman avoids jail after admitting drug charge – Car Dealer Magazine

A car salesman has avoided jail after admitting growing large amounts of cannabis in a Yorkshire home.

Owen Simmonds, 31, pleaded guilty to growing 21 cannabis plants on a property in Horbury, Wakefield, in May 2020.

Although few details were given of the case at Leeds Crown Court, it was revealed that Simmonds worked as a car salesman at a local dealership.

No attenuation was given for his defense and the car dealer received a disparagement from Judge Christopher Batty.

He was warned the crime was serious enough to land him in jail, with the judge telling him he had a ‘dim view’ of those who grow and sell drugs.

However, an exception was made after a defendant got away with a £500 fine last month for allowing the premises to be used to grow the plants.


Simmonds was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work and pay court costs, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Judge Batty said: ‘I don’t like cannabis…I’m not talking about my own personal use, I’ve never tried it.

‘It’s dangerous. It’s not good for people. I know people and have heard stories in this court, especially from young people, in which it has affected their mental health.

“I frown on those who grow it or provide it, but I can take an exceptional course in this case.”

“He crosses the guard threshold. This is a determined attempt to break the law.