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Warrant issued for Farthing Corner plane crash pilot

Contributed by editor on Feb 09, 2009 - 12:00 AM










A warrant has been issued after a pilot who crash landed his plane
near Folkestone, failed to appear in court to answer charges of growing
cannabis plants at his home.













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The arrest warrant was issued by Judge Charles
Macdonald QC following the non-appearance of Sidney Clark at Maidstone
Crown Court.



Clark, 48, of Tonbridge Road, Barming had earlier pleaded guilty to
possession and cultivation of cannabis and the abstraction of
electricity.



He appeared in court for sentencing on January 23 this year, but the
hearing was adjourned after Clark claimed the cannabis was for his own
private use rather than to supply others.



Sidney Clark was arrested by officers following a raid at his home near
Maidstone three days after crashing a light aircraft in February last
year.



The Cessna 172 plane carrying Clark and a male passenger came down in
trees at a house in Farthing Common, during foggy conditions after
taking off from Rochester Airport on February 23.



Both men escaped from the wreckage with minor injuries.