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Nelson Man Fined Over Involvement In Notorious Tinny House

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Wellington, Feb 20 NZPA - A Nelson man known as "Wheelchair Phil" has been fined $4000 and sentenced to 12 months' supervision over his involvement in a cannabis tinny house in the city.

Invalid beneficiary Phillip Andrew Webb, 42, was sentenced in the High Court at Nelson today after admitting a charge of allowing premises to be used for the supply of cannabis, the Nelson Mail reported.

He and co-offender Robert Martin Heemskerk, 54, made a gross profit of $2000 a week from selling cannabis, Justice John Wild said.

Heemskerk was sentenced on Wednesday to two years, eight months in prison after admitting a charge of possessing cannabis for supply.

The presence of gang members and associates at the house on Washington Road had prevented residents from giving evidence about the tinny house, but there had been complaints to police for five years, the court had heard.

Webb had told his probation officer that he had unwillingly participated.

"Although I have some concerns as to the extent of the Black Power gang involved in this tinny house, I think you were a willing rather than a reluctant participant," Justice Wild told Webb.

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