Man who stole electricity to grow cannabis avoids jail (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Jonathon Smith from Leyton was handed a suspended sentence after he admitted stealing electricity and growing cannabis in his home earlier this year
A man who admitted stealing electricity to grow cannabis has avoided jail.
Unemployed Jonathon Smith, of Boscombe Avenue in Leyton, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday.
The 49-year-old was handed a four-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work.
He is also required to pay £80 in victim surcharge costs.
Smith pleaded guilty at Thames Magistrates Court on April 9 to abstracting electricity without authority and producing a class B drug.
He was arrested on January 7 following a police raid on his home.
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