A MAN was lucky to escape jail after growing cannabis in his home.
Simon Underhill, 26, admitted producing the Class B drug at his former property in Cleckheaton on January 26.
Carole Lawford, prosecuting, said that police executed a search warrant on the address on Willow Street under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
In the bedroom officers found 10 large cannabis plants together with growing equipment.
A false wall had been built to cover the window and stop the light coming in.
In the living room of the terraced house police found further hydroponics equipment as well as scales and a quantity of dealer bags.
Kirklees magistrates were told that Underhill, who has since moved to Kettering in Northamptonshire, appeared in court last July.
He was then given a conditional discharge for possession of cannabis.
Underhill said that the drugs were for his own personal use and not for sale.
He said that he was in debt so decided to try and grow a small batch of the drugs himself.
The Huddersfield bench was told that he had moved to a different area to try and change his life.
Magistrates gave Underhill a community order for 12 months, but said that this was a direct alternative to custody.
This includes 300 hours of unpaid work.