A north-east man who grew cannabis to save money and battle mental health issues has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.
Police discovered the 13 plants at Dean Kerr’s home on Clinton Drive in Sandhaven on January 15.
The potential value of the cultivation found in the picturesque fishing village was up to £10,500, but ended up costing the 22-year-old apprentice his job.
Kerr appeared at Peterhead Sheriff Court yesterday and pled guilty to producing a controlled substance.
Fiscal depute Ruaridh McAlister told the court that police barged into the property after there was no answer.
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He said: “When they arrived, it was apparent there were people inside, but no one was answering the door.
“Officers forced their way into the property and in one of the bedrooms they found 13 plants on display.
“The accused then…