A FATHER of five found in possession of cannabis while under a suspended prison sentence was called a “fool” by a judge at Taunton Crown Court.
Police armed with a search warrant found 9.39 grams of the drug in Sean Mallaghan’s shed at his home in Bridgwater.
He said it was for his personal use and that he had been given it for his birthday the previous week, said Derek Perry, prosecuting.
Only three months earlier, in August last year, he had been given a 26-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months for similar drug offences.
Sentencing him to a community order for 12 months with 40 hours work, Judge Michael Roach told Mallaghan: “You are a fool.
“You have five children to look after and eventually someone is going to put you inside straightaway.
“You can’t afford to involve yourself with cannabis now.
“If you breach the order, the suspended sentence is bound to be activated.
“All the mitigation in the world won’t save you.”