James Smedley, 46, says he has been diagnosed with an unspecified sleep disorder and has passed out at more than 40 court appearances over a four-year period
A pot-growing Scot has been jailed and barred from attending his own trial after finding his previous court appearances to be a bit of a snooze, Edinburgh News reports.
James Smedley, 46, says he has been diagnosed with an unspecified sleep disorder and has passed out at more than 40 court appearances over a four-year period. The court eventually sent him for psychiatric testing and he was ultimately deemed fit to stand trial by his evaluators.
Smedley claims that he has fought to stay awake during his time in the Edinburgh Sherriff Court for producing and supplying cannabis, but was informed that the court would pursue a conviction in front of a jury and that he would not be permitted to attend his trial.
Smedley was convicted of growing large crops of cannabis in East Lothian in 2015.
The accused was permitted to attend the sentencing portion of the trial for his crimes, for which he will serve 36 months in jail.
While medical cannabis was recently legalized, recreational cannabis remains prohibited in the UK.
And although Smedley had missed his original sentencing date, he says that it was because he travelled to a funeral in Ireland – and not because he overslept.
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Written by Emma Spears