Drug grower avoids prison
A ROCKHAMPTON Supreme Court judge yesterday gave a four-year-old child the best birthday present – not jailing dad.
Scott Anthony Cash narrowly avoided prison after admitting to growing one of Rockhampton’s largest cannabis hauls.
At his father’s Jardine property, near Yaamba, 30km north of Rockhampton, police found 169 cannabis plants and 72.5kg of harvested cannabis crop.
Cash, 28, had the plants hooked up to hydroponic equipment but it was by no means a sophisticated operation.
After more than one hour of evidence during yesterday’s court appearance, Justice Duncan McMeekin said his opinion of Cash changed.
Justice McMeekin showed compassion for the “highly regarded” community man by granting him immediate parole from a two-year prison term.
“Without the support of your employer and many others I probably would have taken a different view. You have endeavoured to get your life back on track and you are unlikely to reoffend,” Justice McMeekin said.
Crown prosecutor Richard Pointing had pushed for Cash to serve a jail term after he pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Supreme Court to six offences including producing, possessing and supplying dangerous drugs.
Cash grew his cannabis crop from June 1, 2007, until police raided his home on May 12 this year.
During that time he supplied one friend with the drugs on two occasions.
Police also found five category A rifles in a cupboard.
Cash is a married man with two children, aged eight and four.
The court was told that Cash’s drug offences stemmed from a long-term cannabis addiction.
It started as an aid for relaxation and sleep and developed into much more.
Cash claims his drug “venture” was for personal use – to save him buying it for himself.
He attended to his crop on a fortnightly basis.
The court heard that most of the cannabis crop could not be used and he would have eventually had to discard it. Cash expressed extreme remorse and shame.