A LONG-term cannabis user felt isolated while staying at home as a ‘house husband’ and his drug use became worse.
John Dyfed Roberts of River View in Queen Street, Llangollen, started supplying skunk cannabis to a circle of friends in order to finance his own habit, Mold Crown Court was told on Friday.
Police who raided his home in April found 259 grammes of skunk cannabis in nine separate containers. The supply had an estimated street value of £2,590.
Roberts, 35, who admitted possessing the drug with intent to supply at an earlier hearing, was spared immediate imprisonment.
Judge Philip Hughes gave him an eight-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months with supervision and a drug rehabilitation course with monthly court reviews.
He must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work in the community and pay £250 costs.
“You were supplying a group of people for money in order to fund your own drug-taking habit,” Judge Hughes told him.
Roberts said he had a long-standing cannabis habit but had since his arrest stopped taking it.
“I’m aware of the responsibilities you have at home looking after your children and the effect upon them of an immediate sentence of custody,” the judge said.
Defending barrister Paul Abraham said Roberts had used cannabis for about 17 years.
He and his partner had reached the decision that it would be better for him to stay at home effectively as a house husband looking after their children.
Roberts was increasingly spending long periods of time at home when the children were at school and the isolation increased his cannabis use.
He had contact with other people with similar habits and he had become involved in the onward supply of skunk cannabis to a circle of friends.
If he was sent to jail immediately, his wife would have to give up work to look after the children, or employ child care, which meant there was a danger she would be unable to meet the mortgage with the consequent effects on his children.
Roberts had co-operated with police, had been candid about what he had been doing, and was full of remorse.
He said he was so ashamed he could not bring himself to tell his parents because he knew they would be devastated.
He knew he had let his family down, Mr Abraham explained.