Posted on 18th March 2015
A man charged with drug offences after an explosion at his house has been ordered to pay back £10,000.
At a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at Derby Crown Court on Monday, March 16, a confiscation order of £10,000 was made against Gavin Sibbald.
The act means that anyone who profits from crime can lose the financial and lifestyle gains they have enjoyed.
For example, people who may have earned money by drug dealing or selling stolen property can have this money taken from them.
Money confiscated by the crown court is shared between a central Home Office fund, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Court Services and the investigating agency, such as the police or Trading Standards. Amounts confiscated in Derbyshire are often donated to community projects.
The case against Sibbald began on October 10 2013 when police were called to reports of an explosion at a house in Ward Street, Derby.
Officers who attended found windows had been blown out and when they searched the house, they found a cannabis grow and various other drugs.
Sibbald and his housemate Adam McGrath were arrested at the scene.
Sibbald (29) was sentenced at the same court on February 26 to ten months in prison after pleading guilty to 13 drugs offences. These were one count of producing cannabis, two counts of possessing class B drugs with the intent to supply, five counts of possessing class A drugs and five counts of possessing class C drugs.
McGrath (26) was sentenced on December 10 to 150 hours of community work after admitting one count of producing cannabis.