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'Don't apply to go on Brain of Britain', judge advises cannabis grower



'Don't apply to go on Brain of Britain', judge advises cannabis grower


Judge Jonathan Durham Hall


A MAN who grew cannabis to wean himself off heroin, in breach of a suspended sentence for dealing Class A drugs, was advised by a judge not to apply for Brain of Britain.

John Crowther spent £600 setting up the drug farm because he was desperate to beat his long-standing addiction, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Crowther, 51, was caught nurturing 18 cannabis plants, having bypassed the electricity supply at the home he shared with his disabled mother.

He pleaded guilty to production of cannabis on June 26 last year.


Prosecutor Dave MacKay said that Crowther was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, in December, 2017, for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.


He and a co-defendant were arrested in Shipley in May, 2017, with 46 wraps of Class A drugs and a dealer list.

Crowther was not sent immediately to jail because he was the sole carer for his mother.

Three months later, he began growing cannabis at his home in Heights Lane, Eldwick, Bingley.

When police raided the address, they found two rooms of plants, with lighting and ventilators.

Mr MacKay said the drug had a street value of around £15,000 if split into deals and was worth up to £9,000 if sold in bulk.

Crowther said he had been a heroin addict for 20 years and wanted to make cannabis oil for his personal use.

The court heard his disabled mother depended on him.


He used to spend every penny on heroin and he had foolishly decided to switch to cannabis instead of getting professional help.

“It was a misguided attempt at rehabilitation,” the court was told.

Crowther bypassed the electricity supply because he was on a carer’s allowance and Universal Credit and could not afford to grow the cannabis any other way.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, told Crowther he had made a very stupid mistake and he did not expect to see him again.

“I really would suggest that you don’t apply to go on Brain of Britain,” the judge said.

Crowther could have set the house on fire by tampering with the electricity supply.


He was sentenced to a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement and a drug treatment requirement, along with a six month electronically monitored curfew order.


Crowther’s mother, who attended court in a wheelchair, thanked Judge Durham Hall for sparing her son jail.

The judge warned her that Crowther must not breach the order, saying: “Do tell him, I’ll lock him up.”

The Brain of Britain show referenced by the judge is a BBC radio general knowledge quiz, which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Its origins can be traced back to the 1950s, when it began as a slot in What Do You Know?


Over the decades, references to the show have often been used in light-hearted conversation when discussing intelligence.








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I really have to get a foot into this business opportunity with such incredible profits... Oh....hang on.... what's that?.... I can't unless I'm married to an ex pm or run a multinational drug company?.... Ah well ill just suffer in silence and let you guys rake it in, no probs twats. (not defending the idiot just the supposed massive amounts of money weed is always worth when discovered) 


Growing after getting caught with significant amounts of anything chem wise is a touch stupid but surely he was only growing to make medicine for his elderly mothers conditions?! 


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A MAN who grew cannabis to wean himself off heroin, in breach of a suspended sentence for dealing Class A drugs 



If you want to come off hard drugs you have to really mean it to yourself :yep:

it only works to fix your brain...


If you want to By Beabadoobee (music off the street 2019)



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Judges, by their very nature, are scum sucking shit bags of the worst variety......don't believe a word of what they say as they don't have a brain cell between them, it's only the likes of the 'Boris Brigade' that keeps them in the luxury that they love to make sure that YOU will never get :skin_up:and many of them have shares in 'Gee Dubb Ya Farma' :oldtoker:

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I must admit, setting up a decent grow in your Ma's house as a convicted rock dealer maybe needed a bit more thought, but kicking the poor cunt while he's obviously way down & then taking the piss out of him is the real crime here.

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You just have  to look at him, to see he is a nasty nob shite.

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