A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to eight months in a young offenders' institution for supplying cannabis to his circle of friends.

Matthew Jubb, admitted dealing what was then a class C drug, after cannabis and other drug dealing paraphernalia was found at his parents' home.

Jubb, of Brooksfield, Welwyn Garden City, admitted dealing to make money from his friends and when police raided his home on July 2 last year they found £1,500 cash. He pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property in relation to the money.

Jubb has previous convictions for possession of cannabis and dishonesty and Recorder Philip Brook-Smith said at St Albans Crown Court on Thursday, custody was the only option.

Mr Brook-Smith said: “You are clearly a man of intelligence but have a pro criminal attitude to drug offences.

“The courts take a dim view of dealing cannabis and I am satisfied despite the mitigation that your offence is so serious that neither a fine or community order is justifiable.”

After passing the eight-month sentence, Mr Brook-Smith added: “I very much hope for the sake of yourself and your family having served this sentence you will put behind you any criminal offending and any involvement with drugs.

“They are a blight on our society, there is no excuse for them being possessed or used and still less excuse for them to be sold for cash gain.”

Jubb acknowledged several friends sat in the public gallery before being taken down to begin his sentence.