A MAN who admits growing cannabis at his home is to face a trial of issue over whether it was merely for his own use, or for a more commercial enterprise.

David Nichols appeared at a plea hearing at Durham Crown Court accused of production of cannabis.

It follows a visit by police, armed with a search warrant, to his home in Leadgate, near Consett, on January 6, 2017.

Durham Crown Court was told that cannabis plants were found in various states of growth in three converted rooms of the house.

It is alleged that 152 plants were recovered in total by the officers.

Asked by Judge Christopher Prince as to the standard of the paraphernalia used to aid their growth, Rachel Masters, prosecuting, told the court: “We suggest a relatively significant amount of investment has been made.”

The 37-year-old defendant, of Third Street, Watling Bungalows, admitted cannabis production, but, his counsel, Helen Towers, said it was on a basis that the drugs grown were for his own use and not as a commercial venture.

That basis was not accepted by the Crown and the case was adjourned for a Newton hearing to resolve the issue, to be heard at the court on Thursday February 7.

Bailing the defendant, Judge Christopher Prince said the outcome would effect sentence “significantly”.