War veteran caught growing his own drugs

From the courts
From the courts

A GULF War veteran suffering from a stress disorder grew his own cannabis to help him sleep, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

Jonathan Chadburn (41) still had “flashbacks” from his war service in 1991.

He was caught growing 16 cannabis plants at an address in Duckmanton on May 5.

“He says he has smoked cannabis since 1996 to aid sleeping and he smokes up to £20 worth a night - about 20 small joints.

“He had a New Year resolution. He has taken steps to stop it and he has cut down to three joints a night,” said probation officer Jerry Starnes.

The court heard that Chadburn learned how to grow cannabis on the internet. His first attempt had been a success but he had learned a lesson and would not be doing it again.

He lives with his son, who has Aspergers syndrome, and he is the 12-year-old boy’s registered carer. His other two children live with his ex-wife.

“He has post-traumatic stress disorder following the Gulf War. He has flashbacks to it. He is getting support from his GP, the British Legion and SSAFA,” added Mr Starnes.

Chadburn of Middle Ox Gardens, Halfway, Sheffield, admitted producing cannabis.

He was ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work, with £85 costs, and magistrates ordered that the plants and growing equipment be destroyed.

His ex-partner, Nicola Chadburn (33), of South Crescent, Duckmanton, was charged with the same offence but the charge was withdrawn.