Written by John Sutton
October 19, 2012
On 18 October 2012 the UK telegraph reported the sentencing proceedings relating to a cannabis farm. This was a particularly unusual case for a number of reasons, including that the offenders were a married couple in their sixties who decided to run a cannabis farm from their farmhouse which produced an estimated £400,000 profit. Perhaps more unusually, the offenders did not use the profits from their business for their own personal gain, the profits were used for charity in Kenya.
Their aid work included supporting schools, purchasing computers and other equipment for a local eye hospital and paying for individual medical procedures for sick children, including treatment for gangrene.
This story challenges the idea of the stereotypical “scumbag criminal” and raises the question – does benevolent intention absolve a person of responsibility for their crimes? Should it?
In this case, the couple were sentenced to three years imprisonment for their crimes.