The moral of the story, if you are growing weed maybe it’s best not to try and get tax refundson your property !

The Brighton Argus reports

A CRIMINAL who had cannabis plants worth thousands of pounds in his home was rumbled because of a council tax refund.

The cannabis factory was found inside the home of Lewis Hamer in St Leonards.

But as police raided his flat, he fled out of the window.

Inside, officers found 38 plants being grown, with a flue out of the chimney to take the smells away.

There were horticulture books giving advice about how to grow the plants and there were scales and dealing bags.

Prosecutors estimate the value of the hoard was £45,000.

After facing charges in December 2014 of possessing drugs with intent to supply, Hamer “panicked” and went on the run.

He remained at large for nearly five years until he was found in Eastbourne.

At Hove Crown Court Hamer admitted producing cannabis, possessing class B drugs with intent to supply, and possessing the class B drug.

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But despite fleeing his court proceedings, he was spared an immediate spell behind bars.

The court heard that he has not had any problems with the law in the five years he was on the run in Eastbourne.

Jennifer Gray, prosecuting, told the court that police were called over loud noises and a smashed window in St Leonards at 5.30am on December 21, 2014.

She said there were 38 plants found growing in the flat.

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