1 All ER 347
Sweet v Parsley
HOUSE OF LORDS
LORD REID, LORD MORRIS OF BORTH-Y-GEST, LORD PEARCE, LORD WILBERFORCE AND LORD DIPLOCK
27, 28 NOVEMBER, 2, 3, 4 DECEMBER 1968, 23 JANUARY 1969
Their Lordships took time for consideration.
23 January 1969. The following opinions were delivered.
My Lords, the appellant was convicted at Woodstock Petty Sessions on 14 September 1967 on a charge that, on 16 June 1967, she was concerned in the management of certain premises at Fries Farm, Oxfordshire, which were used for the purpose of smoking cannabis, contrary to s 5(b) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1965. She was fined £25 and ordered to pay £12 18s costs. It appears from the Case Stated by the justices that the tenant of this farm had sublet the farmhouse to her at a rent of £28 per four weeks. She was a teacher at a school in Oxford and she had intended to reside in this house and travel daily by car to Oxford. This proved to be impracticable, so she resided in Oxford and let rooms in the house at low rents to tenants allowing them the common use of the kitchen. She retained one room for her own use and visited the farm occasionally to collect her letters, to collect rent from her tenants, and generally to see that all was well. Sometimes she stayed overnight but generally she did not. On 16 June, while she was in Oxford, the police went to the premises with a search warrant. They found receptacles hidden in the garden which contained cannabis resin and LSD. They also found in the kitchen cigarette ends containing cannabis resin and LSD. They also found in the kitchen cigarette ends containing cannabis, and an ornamental hookah pipe which belonged to the appellant and which had, admittedly without her knowledge, been used for smoking this substance. The justices found that–