Suspended sentence for cannabis grower

10:56 17 July 2014

Bradley Goodwin

Bradley Goodwin

Archant

A man who went on the run for three years after a cannabis factory was discovered in Saffron Walden has been spared jail.

Although a judge at Chelmsford Crown Court said he was “taking a risk, contrary to my better judgement” he gave Bradley Goodwin, 50, pictured, of Hare Street, Buntingford, a suspended prison sentence.

Recorder Timothy Ashe QC said: “I am persuaded that this is an aberration, even though a serious one.”

Goodwin had pleaded guilty in 2011 to being concerned in the production of 282 cannabis plants, said to be worth up to half a million pounds if they had reached full yield, at a derelict house next to Old Cement Kiln in Thaxted Road, Saffron Walden, on November 16, 2009.

He also admitted possessing 11.8g and 60g of cannabis and to possessing a CG gas cannister on the same date.

But he failed to attend court in July 2011 and went on the run. On May 20 this year he handed himself in to Chelmsford Police Station saying his younger brother Charles had died and he wanted to be able to attend the funeral without fear of arrest.

Bradley Goodwin also pleaded guilty to failing to surrender to bail. He has told the court he spent three years staying with various friends.

On Wednesday the judge imposed an 11 month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 250 hours’ unpaid work and a three month, electronically tagged, curfew from 8pm to 6am. He also ordered Goodwin to pay £1,200 prosecution costs.

Goodwin told police he got involved to pay off a £1,800 drug debt.

Mitigating, Oliver Grimwood said Goodwin made a conscious decision to go into the illegal enterprise but stressed it was an isolated incident.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Saffron Walden Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Saffron Walden Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Saffron Walden Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Nisa Store Opening

The Nisa Local shop on Cromwell Road in Saffron Walden presented £1,500 worth of cheques to charities in the town at the official opening of the extension of the shop.

Yesterday, 15:25
Items at Sworders Auctions.

A charity helping bereaved children is to benefit from an inaugural accessories auction launching next week.

Yesterday, 08:38
Marking the start of the Bridge End Gardens work are, from left, Anthony Skipper, chairman of the Friends of Bridge End Gardens, Jack Jones, Coulson site manager, Bill Arnold and Inger O'Meara, of the project team, Coulson senior manager Matthew Sizer, Terry Frostick of the town council and head gardener Mark Ropkins.

The first sledgehammers were thrown in earnest as the build of a new visitor centre at a Saffron Walden garden started earlier this week.

Thu, 10:59

A woman was taken to hospital and treated for chest pain following an accident on the M11 last night (Wednesday).

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition today E-edition

Most read stories