Haughley man who grew £18,000-worth of cannabis ordered to pay back £1

Prosecutors say Donovan could have benefitted by �18,000 from the cannabis he grew
Prosecutors say Donovan could have benefitted by �18,000 from the cannabis he grew

Robert Donovan ‘stole’ electricity to grow £18,000-worth of cannabis but has had just £1 confiscated by a court.

Donovan, 47, of Duke Street, Haughley, returned to Ipswich Crown Court today for a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act, designed to recoup as much as possible of what he gained from his offending.

He was sentenced by the same court in June to a total of 20 months jail, having pleaded guilty to the production and possession of cannabis and abstraction of electricity after being arrested in Stowmarket in January.

Prosecutor Lynne Shirley said the value of the cannabis plants seized and a box of the drug found at the same time had been assessed as capable of providing Donovan with a benefit of £18,000.

However, the court heard specialist financial investigators had established that Donovan had no available cash or assets to hand over.

Judge Martyn Levett made an order that Donovan should pay a nominal £1 in confiscation.