Cannabis farmer caught red-handed after burning chicken on stove

Cannabis: Officers seized both herbal cannabis and cannabis resin.
Cannabis: Firefighters found two tents containing plants and lighting equipment.© STV

A cannabis farmer is facing jail after he blew his cover by setting fire to his dinner.

Lloyd Bellshaw left his chicken on a hot griddle, setting off a smoke alarm and prompting a fire crew to rush to his home in the Hilltown area of Dundee.

Firefighters noticed a "strong smell of cannabis" when they arrived at the property and further investigations uncovered 19 cannabis plants valued at up to £9120.

A further search of the house by police found cash hidden in various places around the house, Dundee Sheriff Court was told.

Procurator fiscal depute Lynne Mannion said firefighters traced the smell of cannabis to a bedroom where they found a large tent containing plants and lighting.

"Further checks discovered another tent and a large quantity of money," she said.

"Police attended and discovered another cupboard with a number of small green plants and lighting equipment."

Bellshaw, 29, of William Street, Dundee, pled guilty to producing the class B drug at his home on December 19 last year.

Defence solicitor Ian Myles said Bellshaw grew the drug for medical purposes after he suffered major spinal injuries in a skydiving accident in 2010.

Mr Myles said: "He was in a spinal unit for several weeks and in a wheelchair.

"Mr Bellshaw was growing cannabis to medicate his own condition - he was not growing it to sell."

Sheriff Richard Davidson deferred sentence until January 17 for background reports, but warned Bellshaw he had "little chance" of avoiding a jail sentence.

He said: "There is little chance of avoiding a custodial sentence."