Yoga teacher caught growing cannabis after swapping alcohol for drugs

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A yoga teacher was caught with a cannabis farm in his home after kicking his alcohol addiction and turning to drugs.

Chris Goryl, of Duke Street, New Brighton , had a sophisticated commercial set up with a total of 68 plants.

Officers who raided the home found that there were two substantial ‘mother’ plants and a further 66 immature ones being cultivated with a lighting and ventilation system in two growing rooms.

Michael Stephenson, prosecuting, said that the plants had a potential yield of two and a half kilos with a street value of up to £53,000.

Yoga teacher, Chris Goryl, 39, of Duke Street, New Brighton was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months for growing cannabis in his home

Goryl’s lawyer Gary Lawrenson told Liverpool Crown Court today that the 39-year-old became involved with cannabis after being warned his drink habit would keep landing him in prison.

Goryl, who works as a Hatha yoga instructor, claims that some of his pupils include those on alcohol and drug rehabilitation programmes.

Mr Lawrenson said that Goryl had swapped his self-medication with alcohol for cannabis and “there is clearly still work to be done with this man”.

He is separated from the mother of his two children but they have a platonic relationship and he may take over full time care of his 12-year-old son, who has autism, to help her deal with a new baby.

He had been out of trouble since 2013, he said.

Judge Rachel Smith sentenced Goryl, of Duke Street, New Brighton, to 16 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months.

She also ordered him to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and to attend up to 20 days rehabilitation activities.

The defendant had pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis on January 8 this year on the basis he intended to sell some of the drug to others.

By: Lynda Roughley, Echo

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