Soldier Christopher Tull grew drug 'to ease memories'

A former soldier has been spared jail for growing cannabis.

Exeter Crown Court heard former Grenadier Guardsman Christopher Tull used the drug to ease memories of being blown up in the Gulf War.

Tull, of Landhill Farm, Ashwater, Devon admitted setting up a cannabis farm with 89 plants.

He was given a 14-week sentence, suspended for a year, after a judge told him that he deserved "considerable sympathy".

'Special credit'

The court heard that Tull used the drug to alleviate symptoms of claustrophobia and post traumatic stress disorder after his Warrior armoured car was blown up during the first Gulf War in 1991.

Recorder Mr David Bartlett told him: "There should be special credit for someone who has served their country and suffered as a result.

"The court has considerable sympathy for you in the circumstances but it does not and cannot entitle you to break the law as you appear to have been doing."

Tull said he was growing the drug for his own use and had no intention of selling it.

He has now been offered support from the charity Combat Stress and the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Family Association and is due to receive specialist treatment.

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