A father of six who cultivated cannabis for his own use was sentenced in the Whanganui District Court this week to eight months' home detention and 200 hours of community work.
On September 14 last year, the police uncovered 88 cannabis plants in a growing room set up in David Wayne Jude Lindsay's home, 1.3kg of dried cannabis and two spotting knives - all for his own drug use, the court was told.
Defence lawyer Richard Leith said Lindsay, 36, was a candidate for home detention, as someone who was trying to rehabilitate.
He had "started the journey", Mr Leith said, and had stopped using drugs since being arrested.
He said Lindsay had voluntarily told court staff when they visited him on a fine-related matter that he was in possession of cannabis, and that had led the police to search his home.
Lindsay was described as a caring father of six children, one of whom had recently been diagnosed with epilepsy. He is a beneficiary and has had a long-standing relationship with cannabis.
Judge Dugald Matheson told Lindsay it was his family situation that saved him from being sent to prison.
For cultivating cannabis, possession of drug utensils and possession of cannabis plants, Lindsay was sentenced to eight months' home detention and 200 hours of community work.
A further 200 hours' community work was handed down in lieu of fines totalling nearly $13,000.