A SPRINGDALE Heights woman knew someone who tried to grow cannabis plants but failed so thought she would give it a go herself.
She succeeded, managing to produce three healthy plants that she had growing in hanging baskets on her back verandah.
But Amy Cherie Clutterbuck clearly didn’t envisage police looking into her backyard and seeing the plants.
Clutterbuck, 36, pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court yesterday to cultivating a prohibited plant.
When asked by magistrate Tony Murray why she decided to grow the plants, all Clutterbuck could manage was a shake of her head and shrug of her shoulders.
“People go to jail for this offence, ma’am,” Mr Murray warned Clutterbuck.
He told her to make sure she went off to have the required Probation and Parole Service assessment carried out for her pre-sentence report.
The court was told that police were on patrol in Gilbul Way, Springdale Heights, on February 23.
They pulled over and looked into the backyard of Clubtterbuck’s house in Garoogong Road, immediately next to Gilbul Way, and saw the plants on the back verandah.
Police knocked on Clutterbuck’s door and asked her about the plants.
“She only did this as someone she knows tried to grow them and couldn’t and she believed she could do a better job,” police said in facts handed up to Mr Murray.
The plants grew between 20 centimetres and 30 centimetres.
Clutterbuck must appear again on April 30 for sentence.