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Backyard cannabis plot – The Gisborne Herald



Published November 25, 2021 1:53PM

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Police searching the backyard of a man’s rented Wairoa home found 19 healthy cannabis plants, likely to have yielded a crop with a street value of more than $131,000 Gisborne District Court was told.

Jody Mathew Smith, 42, subsequently pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis and was sentenced by Judge Warren Cathcart to two and a half months home detention.

Smith also admitted a breach of bail for which he was convicted and discharged.

Police searched the property, which Smith rents with his partner and children, at about 8am on March 13 last year.

A large section of the backyard was partitioned off with corrugated iron, with 11 cannabis plants covered by camouflage netting growing behind it. Another eight plants were growing alongside a nearby fence.

The plants were between 1.4 and 1.7 metres tall, and about a fortnight off being harvested.

When questioned, Smith said he knew the cannabis was there but the property was not his. He gave the name of the owner. She told police Smith had been living there for a year.

Police estimated the street value of the crop’s potential yield at $131,200.

Crown prosecutor James Bridgman said that was significant as it suggested some commercial intention, albeit there were no other obvious commercial indicators.

The court could fix a sentence starting point of two to two-and-a-half years imprisonment.

Counsel Manaaki Terekia said the focus should be more on the number of plants and the level of sophistication involved in the operation, which was low level.

He contended the sentence starting point should be between 12 and 15 months.

There was nothing to aggravate the offending, Mr Terekia said. Smith had no previous relevant convictions.

Judge Cathcart accepted the Crown’s submissions as to a commercial aspect to the offending but said in the absence of other indicators, the court needed to take care not to give too much weight to that factor.

He set a sentence starting point of 18 months imprisonment.

Discounts for mitigating factors including for Smith’s guilty pleas (17 percent of a possible 25 percent) and compliance on bail for more than a year, reduced the nominal end sentence to 12 months imprisonment.

Smith’s personal circumstances, employment and lack of previous criminal history justified converting the sentence to home detention, the judge said.

That meant Smith’s time in custody would also be taken into account. The 103 days Smith spent behind bars was the equivalent of a seven-month sentence, so the judge reduced the nominal end sentence to five months before it was converted to home detention.

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Uppal plots e-auction underway in Hyderabad- The New Indian Express



By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The e-auction of 44 developed plots spread over 1,35,408 square yards in the Uppal Bhagayath Layout (The Hub of Life @ East City) began at HMDA head office, Ameerpet on Thursday. 

Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has put its plots in the bustling greenfield project site under the hammer after a gap of two years and is going to provide a long-cherished dream for individuals to own a plot in the heart of the city.

The auction is being held by the HMDA and on the online platform managed by Union government enterprise MSTC Limited.

The layout is one of the most modern developments which will present immense possibilities for individuals, groups of individuals with five members, joint partnership companies, firms and developers. A total of 23 plots are going under the hammer in two sessions. The remaining 21 plots will be auctioned on December 3.

The 44 notified plots range from 150 square yards to 15,149  square yards which include those for Residential (21 plots), Hospitals (2), Shopping  Cum Entertainment, (4), Educational Institutions (2) and Multipurpose Use (15 plots).

The e-auction bidding starts from Rs 35,000 per square yard with an increment of Rs 1,000 per square yard or multiples thereof.

There are 10 plots of upto 300 square yards 301 to 500 square yards (1 plot), 501 to 1000 square yards (two plots), 1001 to 2000 square yards (11 plots), 2001 square yards and above (20 plots).

Sixty percent of the layout has been set aside for open spaces and parks, and hassle-free building permissions would be given by the HMDA.

The layout is in close proximity to Nagole Metro Station abutting to Uppal and LB Nagar Inner Ring Roadand was developed with amenities including stormwater and underground sewerage system.

The Shilparamam on the banks of the Musi River is situated within the layout. The riverfront development with landscape designed aesthetically is developed in the layout along the bank of the Musi River which is really an added attraction and a special feature and is a celebration of nature.

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Nailed It! Season 7 Release Date, Contestants, And Trailer



A trailer would provide the answers to all of our questions surrounding “Nailed It!” Season 7, but alas, one doesn’t exist at this point. More than likely, one won’t materialize until a few weeks before the new season drops. That was the case with the most recent season. The Season 6 trailer came out on YouTube on August 24, 2021, with new episodes premiering on September 15. 

That means if Season 7 debuts in March 2022, the trailer would probably come out in February. Keep your eyes peeled for more details on this show, including whether it gets renewed or canceled, in the months to come.

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