‘Flagrant breach’ of suspended sentence lands man in prison

A MAN who was given a suspended sentence as part of a Calderdale-wide drugs operation has been jailed after growing cannabis – just weeks later.

In July Damian Francis had a nine-month jail term suspended for supplying drugs to undercover police officers. The sentence was suspended for two years, but Bradford Crown Court heard a raid on his home three weeks later revealed a small cannabis-growing set-up.

Francis, of Bracewell Grove, Halifax, denied being responsible for the seven plants, but he was found guilty of producing cannabis following a trial before magistrates last month.

Francis’ case was committed to the crown court for sentence and yesterday Judge Peter Benson described the latest offence as ‘’a flagrant breach’’ of the existing suspended prison term.

Judge Benson revoked the suspended sentence order and imposed eight months for those earlier offences.

He also jailed Francis for an additional 12 months for the production of cannabis matter.