Suspended sentence for Collyweston cannabis grower Matthew Couper

Northampton Crown Court
Northampton Crown Court

A man has been given a 12-month suspended prison sentence for growing cannabis.

Matthew Couper, 46, of Collyns Way, Collyweston, was also ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and a three-month drug rehabilitation course at Northampton Crown Court yesterday (Thursday). And he had a six-month supervision order and a three-month curfew imposed.

Couper was arrested on July 18 and later admitted a charge of cultivating the Class B drug at Corby Magistrates’ Court on September 3.

The defence and the prosecution disputed the facts of the case so a Newton hearing was held yesterday to decide the extent of his sentence.

Couper was a tenant in the house, which is owned by Spire Homes. Some neighbours raised concerns that he was allowed to stay there after the raid.

Director of housing services Katy Sagoe said: “Unfortunately we are not able or willing to comment on individual cases.

“We care about safeguarding our communities and our policies reflect this, and we work closely with other agencies and take into consideration their advice and support.

“We are sorry to hear that a neighbour is concerned and would encourage them to contact us directly to discuss this.”