Trucker who ran ‘professional’ £13,000 cannabis farm in his girlfriend’s loft then got her to take the blame STILL avoids jail

  • Kyle Granite, 25, grew 23 cannabis plants at a house in Clayton-le-Moors, Lancs
  • His partner Ellie McIntosh, 22, said Granite had ‘absolutely nothing to do with it’
  • Forensics team found father-of-two Granite’s fingerprint on piece of equipment

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A lorry driver who grew a ‘professional’ ?13,000 cannabis farm at his girlfriend’s home has avoided jail despite having 12 previous convictions.

Kyle Granite, 25, grew 23 cannabis plants in the loft space of Ellie McIntosh’s rented home in Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire.

Police found 23 ‘medium-sized’ cannabis plants, seven transformers, two fans, plant food, thermometers and ‘magazines about cannabis cultivation’.

Mother-of-one McIntosh, 22, told the police she was fully responsible and her partner had ‘absolutely nothing to do with it’.

Kyle Granite, 25, grew 23 cannabis plants in the loft space of Ellie McIntosh’s rented home in Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire. The pair are pictured outside Burnley Crown Court last week.

Granite avoided jail despite having 12 previous convictions

However, forensic examinations revealed father-of-two Granite’s fingerprint on a piece of equipment.

He later fully admitted organising the set-up and that McIntosh was ‘covering for him’.

The haul was discovered after police forced their way into the terraced property on May 6 last year, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, said a ‘team of officers’ attended the address and found the ‘professional’ cannabis set-up in the loft.

Miss Kehoe said: ‘It’s clearly a significant amount of money that would have been available should the plants have been allowed to grow to their full maturity and then harvested.’

The court heard how Granite has 12 convictions for 14 previous offences and at the time of the offence was subjected to a suspended prison sentence order.

McIntosh, 22, told police she was fully responsible and her partner had 'absolutely nothing to do with it'. But forensic examinations revealed father-of-two Granite's fingerprint on a piece of equipment

McIntosh, 22, told police she was fully responsible and her partner had ‘absolutely nothing to do with it’.

But forensic examinations revealed father-of-two Granite’s fingerprint on a piece of equipment

McIntosh, of Clayton-le-Moors, pleaded guilty to permitting the production of cannabis. She was fined ?200 and ordered to pay ?100 costs.

Granite, of Rishton, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and abstracting electricity.

Judge Jonathan Gibson said he would defer his sentence by six months and said he could avoid going to jail if he stayed out of trouble and kept his job.

He said: ‘An immediate custodial sentence would punish you. On the other hand, so far as your rehabilitation is concerned, you did successfully complete the community element of the previous order and have obtained employment.

‘You are working, you have more money and are supporting your family.

‘There’s a reasonable prospect in your case of you being rehabilitated more generally and living a more pro-social life.’

Defence barrister Alexander Rostron said Granite is a ‘young man clearly capable of change’.

The court was told that McIntosh (above) previously worked in the care industry and is now a full-time student studying a foundation degree course

The court was told that McIntosh (above) previously worked in the care industry and is now a full-time student studying a foundation degree course

He told the court that the defendant grew the cannabis because he was not working at the time and ‘did it for financial gain’.

He said: ‘He is a young man who had a troubled youth and a difficult upbringing.

He has an unenviable antecedent history. He has matured in the last 12 months. He now has stability for the first time in his entire life.

‘He is looking forward to the future and being a positive influence.’

The court was told that McIntosh previously worked in the care industry and is now a full-time student studying a foundation degree course.

Mr Rostron said: ‘She allowed her premises to be used because she was in a relationship with Mr Granite.

‘She realises now the error of her ways.

She fully understands and accepts that’s not acceptable.

‘She is extremely regretful and remorseful.

They weren’t living affluent lifestyles.’

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