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Mother breaks down as son is sent to prison

A devastated mum whose 19-year-old son was caught growing cannabis broke down in court after he was sent to prison

Solihull Magistrates Court
Solihull Magistrates Court

A devastated mum whose 19-year-old son was caught growing cannabis broke down in court after he was sent to prison.

Magistrates sitting at Solihull said they were left with no choice but to send Mitchell Ricketts, of Woodlands Way, Chelmsley Wood into custody for 28 days after he refused to comply with a community order and curfew.

Ricketts was handed the community order by Solihull Magistrates Court in November last year after police discovered he was growing the Class B drug at his home on June 6.

Eleven cannabis plants were found at his address, which he said were for his own use.

The defendant failed to attend appointments at an attendance centre, as instructed by the court and failed to comply with a curfew on several occasions.

Virinder Ghaiwal, defending at Solihull Magistrates Court on Monday, asked the bench to give his client ‘one final chance.’

“He realises he is on the cusp of custody,” Mr Ghaiwal said.

“This is a very sad case. My client’s family have been incredibly supportive and have pleaded with him to comply with this order. The irony is, he has complied with other orders in the past.

“He realises how serious this situation is. He has a problem with cannabis.”

But magistrates said they didn’t feel Ricketts, who pleaded guilty to breaching the order and curfew, did understand the seriousness of the situation and told his mother custody could be the ‘wake up call’ he needed.

She was also assured by the bench he would get the assistance and support he needed in the offenders’ institute.

 

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