A Bindoon granny caught "red-handed" cultivating a hydroponic cannabis crop in her home has escaped prison time, and even donned a disguise to leave court.
This morning, Sylvia Dawn Sherwood, 76, appeared in the District Court of Western Australia after pleading guilty to two counts of cultivating cannabis with intent to sell and one of possessing cannabis with intent to sell.
She remained quiet, dressed in a knitted mauve jumper as Judge Henry Wisbey read her sentence.
When police raided Mrs Sherwood's Bindoon home, about 85 kilometres north-east of Perth, on September 22 last year they uncovered a sophisticated hydroponic set-up which was built by Mrs Sherwood.
In a "disarmingly frank" interview with police, Mrs Sherwood admitted she had been caught "red-handed" and had intended to sell the drugs because she was "financially fractured".
She told police: "Oh lord I was going to sell it".
"I can't smoke it all myself."
Police also noticed Mrs Sherwood appeared "proud" she had built the hydroponic set-up herself.
Judge Wisbey noticed Mrs Sherwood was a mother of six and carer for three grandchildren
She also cares for her mentally ill son and a sister with Parkinson's disease.
In sentencing Mrs Sherwood to a 12-month suspended jail term, Judge Wisbey noted the "kind and generous nanny" had previously been convicted for cultivating cannabis in 1991.
Mrs Sherwood donned a wig and changed outfits before leaving court this morning so as to avoid being recognised.