A struggling farmer who stole 31 piglets and turned his farm into a cannabis factory deserves every day of his tough jail terms, says appeal judges.
James Edmund Anthony Ogilvy, 61, of Watery Lane, Beeston, jailed for 25 months after pleading guilty at Norwich Crown Court on February 27.
He got 10 months for permitting Valley Farm to be used for producing cannabis and another 15 months for theft of the pigs, worth £1,231.
Ogilvy’s farm “produced cannabis on a commercial scale”, Judge Nicholas Cooke QC told London’s Criminal Court of Appeal on Thursday.
The cannabis was in five separate containers and there were 457 plants with a street value of £117,000-£156,000.
On October 28, whilst on bail, Ogilvy and others stole the piglets from Great Cressingham Farm – but security guards employed after previous thefts caught him.
Ogilvy’s lawyers appealed only against the 15-month sentence for the piglets theft, which they argued was too tough. They said he had been running the farm for 10 years but was £15,000 in debt.
He lived in a caravan and “had lost effectively everything as a result of committing crime to try and keep his farm afloat”, the court heard.
But Judge Cooke, sitting with Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Spencer, dismissed the appeal saying the sentence was “not manifestly excessive”.