Rams player spared jail

A DEWSBURY Rams rugby league player has been spared jail after admitting producing more than £16,000 worth of cannabis for his own personal use.

Aiden Faal, 24, of Broadstone Way, Bradford, pleaded guilty to growing 1.88kg of cannabis at his former home in Oxford Road, Gomersal, and extracting electricity from a nearby property.

Police found the haul in a raid last October, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Anne-Marie Hutton, mitigating, said Faal’s knowledge of growing techniques was ‘relatively amateur’ and he learned about it from a manual he found online.

She said Faal had grown the cannabis to alleviate an existing medical condition.

She added: “This was a one-off piece of stupidity which will not happen again.”

Judge Colin Burn said there was no evidence that Faal grew the cannabis to supply to other people.

He said: “You must alleviate your pain using legal methods.”

Faal was given a suspended sentence of six months for production of cannabis and eight months for abstracting electricity illegally.