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Man caught growing cannabis after burglars stab him in face
10:00am Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in News
A MAN was caught growing cannabis in his house after burglars broke in and stabbed him in the face.
Police had been called to the home of Nicholas Vidgeon and his wife following the devastating break-in.
But while they were there they found 14 medium-sized cannabis plants growing in the loft along with a few smaller plants.
Danielle Jones, mitigating, said four men had forced their way into the house and caused him severe injuries.
She said: "There was a laceration to the finger which in fact damaged tendons and he was stabbed in the face twice."
She said Vidgeon had locked his wife in the bedroom during the break-in to keep her safe.
After the attack he had to go to Broomfield Hospital for plastic surgery to his face and both have had to undergo counselling.
But no one has ever been caught for the burglary.
Miss Jones said when it came to the cannabis it was only for personal use and he was embarrassed and ashamed for what he had put his family through.
Prosecutor Glenda Thompon said the plants found on May 13 had not been tended to for some time . However, a small amount of cocaine and cannabis was also found in the loft.
He had also tapped into an overhead power cable to abstract electricity, without going through the meter.
Lorry driver Vidgeon, 36, pleaded guilty to production of cannabis, possession of cocaine and cannabis,and abstracting electricity.
He has since paid back £1,563 the electricity company for the energy and cost of an engineer to fix the issue. He was given a£1000 fine, £105 costs and £15 victim surcharge.