Cannabis-grower tried to call Queen and Prime Minister as witnesses in ‘bizarre’ trial

A MAN tried to call the Queen and Prime Minister David Cameron as witnesses after he was caught growing cannabis in his shed. Dean Marshall, who once played in tribute band Faith No More-ish, was caught growing 26 cannabis plants in his shed at his home in Preston. Police raided his home in Oak Tree Estate on June 28 last year and discovered the plants had a potential yield of £8,220 and were capable of making 274 street deals. However, Marshall claimed he was not guilty because he was a member of the group Freemen of the Land and did not recognise Britain’s laws. Now, after a jury dismissed his claims, Marshall has been given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and has been ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said the claims had forced a “bizarre trial”, leaving him to question Marshall’s mental state. He said: “I ordered a psychiatric report on you to see if you were mentally ill or adversely affected by long cannabis use but the report says there is nothing the matter with you. “Your conduct was a bizarre try-on, it was contrived and it didn’t work.

“You advanced a wholly absurd defence to the effect that the law didn’t apply to you based on the preposterous proposition that you had some form of immunity.” Hull Crown Court heard police also discovered £655 at Marshall’s home during the raid in June last year. As well as claiming immunity from prosecution, Marshall also claimed the cannabis was for his own use to help his arthritic pain. Marshall, 46, refused to attend every court hearing, forcing the judge to issue a warrant for his arrest. When he tried to call the Queen and the PM as witnesses during his trial, he was told they could not attend. A jury at Hull Crown Court dismissed his claims and convicted him of conspiracy to produce cannabis. His barrister Anil Murray said: “He was using cannabis to help his arthritis. He is adamant he will not try to grow cannabis again. He has had a frightening time in custody and it has taught him a significant lesson.” Judge Richardson ordered the money seized from Marshall’s home to be used in the fight against drug crime in East Yorkshire. He told Marshall: “You have cost the state a fortune through your stupidity. “Woe betide you if you do appear before me in breach of this order. It will be prison for a long time.” Marshall, who set up the city’s first record label, will face a proceeds of crime hearing in October.

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