A GRIEVING man grew drugs in his home to use to help him cope with the death of his father.

Richard Rusher, who broke down in tears in court, pleaded guilty to producing a class B drug.

Emily Clewer, prosecuting said: “On September 18 police had been issued a warrant for the defendant’s address. Two small cannabis plants were found in the utility area of the plot.”

Miss Clewer added: "Officers also found a cannabis cultivation area with four plants inside it.”

Miss Clewer told the court that Rusher, of Caravan site, Pinvin, near Pershore, had a conviction five years ago for production of cannabis.

Joanne Outhwaite, defending, said: “When police arrived at his address he was compliant with them. When he was taken to the police station he made full and frank admissions.

“I asked Mr Rusher about his drug use. Mr Rusher describes from the age of about 14 he used it sporadically but when his father passed away three years ago, not only did his cannabis use increase but also his alcohol.”

Mrs Outhwaite said: “I think he found the passing of his father, who he was particularly close to, quite emotional, as you can see.”

Rusher, 30 appeared emotional in court prompting the magistrate to ask if he was ok. Rusher replied: “It’s fine.”

Mrs Outhwaite continued: “I have asked Mr Rusher to seek help for his alcohol and drug use but also some bereavement counselling. He has been finding it very difficult to cope.”

The magistrates stopped the case to let Rusher leave the room as he appeared unwell. The case was resumed later in the day.

Rusher was given a community order and made to pay a victim surcharge of £90.

The case was heard at Worcester Magistrates Court on October 31.