A SOUTHAMPTON man was caught growing cannabis plants in a city tower block.

Michael Antony Muirhead was caught with two plants and growing equipment in his flat in Hampton Tower, International Way, on April 9.

Drug experts say the two plants could have yielded between £200 and £1,200 worth of cannabis.

But mitigating for Muirhead during his sentencing at Southampton Magistrates' Court, solicitor Gaylene Coles said the cannabis from the plants was for Muirhead's personal use.

She told magistrates that Muirhead was aiming to use the cannabis to help with his diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder and acute anxiety.

Ms Coles also said Muirhead suffered from physical pain after falling out of a second floor window more than 10 years ago.

Muirhead, who pleaded guilty to producing cannabis, was given a 12 month conditional discharge.

He was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.