A HAPLESS cannabis grower was rumbled when he failed to connect his grow kit properly and flooded a shop beneath his rented flat.
Council workers discovered the drug factory when they were called to the maisonette by the shopkeeper.
Officers broke into the home in Haydock Green, Northolt, and found 60 cannabis plants and a hydroponic system used to cultivate the drug, which was causing the flooding.
The next day, as forensic officers attended, Charles O'Leary appeared and told them he was renting the apartment and knew all about the cannabis plants.
Prosecutor Chetna Patel told Isleworth Crown Court: "He said he was renting it and was supposed to be painting and decorating it.
"A friend, who he declined to name, brought the seeds and equipment and they were to share the plants for their own heavy use."
"Most of the plants were nearly mature and would have produced nearly five kilos of the drug."
O'Leary, 23 year-old father of one, admitting cultivating the plants in February this year and was jailed for six months on Friday (19).
The judge Recorder Joanna Glynn QC said she accepted that, although the cultivation was on a commercial scale, they had not intended to sell it for profit. This meant she was able to keep the sentence much lower than it otherwise would be.