A Primrose Hill man set up a cannabis farm in his home because he needed drugs for pain relief, a court heard.

Police discovered £14,000 worth of the class B drug when they searched Sean Langshaw’s home in Wood Terrace.

Kirklees magistrates heard that the 44-year-old suffers from significant pain due to a problem with his hips.

He faces sentencing by a crown court judge after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled drug.

Andy Wills, prosecuting, said that earlier on May 24 Langshaw was a passenger in a car stopped by police on Fleminghouse Lane in Almondbury.

The Peugeot was initially stopped because it was travelling at high speed, but police could smell cannabis and searched the vehicle.

They later searched the homes of all three occupants of the car.

In Langshaw’s home the officers found 17 cannabis plants growing in two different areas of the house.

Mr Wills said: “In a downstairs bedroom were seven mature plants with lighting, fans, an extractor and blacked-out windows.

“Downstairs there were a further 10 plants with a similar setup.”

Mr Wills said that the cannabis had the potential to be used for over 500 street deals and an estimated value of £14,000.

Sonia Kidd, mitigating, said that the drugs were solely for her client’s personal use.

She explained: “He suffers from osteoarthritis in both hips and suffers as a result significant pain.

“As a result of that pain he takes the cannabis for medicinal purposes.

“His only motivation for growing the cannabis is for his pain relief.”

Mrs Kidd added that the only solution to the problem was for Langshaw to have both hips replaced, which he is not in the position to do.

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Magistrates committed Langshaw to Leeds Crown Court for sentencing on October 7.

His co-accused Steven Hayes, 21, received a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to possessing cannabis.

Magistrates heard that Hayes, of Elizabeth Street in Primrose Hill, had two small bags of cannabis on him in the car that was stopped.

Police found a further two bags of the drug at his home.

His solicitor told magistrates that his arrest and experience of being in police cells had been frightening.

Hayes must also pay £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.