A cannabis grower was caught when a gang of masked robbers smashed their way into his Padiham house to steal his drugs and others called the police, a court heard.
Jason Ian Curtis, 47, was out when the raiders, disguised in balaclavas, broke two windows, battered his front door and made off with the illegal haul.
Pennine Magistrates Court was told how Curtis, who claims he was growing the cannabis for medicinal purposes to help him cope with depression, was abusive to the police. Officers seized what they say were the remnants of 13 cannabis plants.
The jobless defendant, of Russell Terrace, admitted producing cannabis on March 1st. He was fined £110, with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. Rachel Cleary, defending Curtis, said he was returning home when he saw a commotion outside his house. “He now knows it was the police but they were not in uniform and not in a marked police vehicle and were going in and out of his house. That’s why he was verbally abusive.”
Mrs Cleary said the defendant admitted the plants belonged to him. The solicitor said: “There was no intention to supply or pass on any of the drugs.”