A Whangarei man jailed for growing cannabis in two shipping
containers and who blamed police for deliberately setting him
up is appealing his sentence and conviction.
Tony James Ware, 47, was sentenced in the Whangarei District
Court last month to three years and 10 months after a jury
found him guilty of cultivating cannabis and stealing power
The Court of Appeal on Wednesday confirmed Ware had filed an
appeal but a hearing date is yet to be set.
Police discovered the cannabis operation during a search of
his rural Whareora property on August 11, 2011. Their
investigations also revealed Ware stole more than $17,000
worth of electricity to run the illegal operation.
Ware represented himself throughout the trial and, at
sentencing, told Judge John McDonald he would be appealing
He also disagreed about the number of plants found by police
and the size of the plants.
Ware also said he hadn't stolen the $17,409 worth of
electricity and claimed police were lying and, during a few
hours while he was away, seven officers brought in hundreds
of cannabis plants and growing equipment and set him up.
- By Imran Ali of the Northern Advocate