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UK: Millionaire businessman, 44, pleads guilty to growing magic mushrooms at £1.3m Henry VIII castle in Kent

The Daily Mail reports ..

A millionaire businessman has admitted growing magic mushrooms at his castle home in Kent where King Henry VIII once jousted and hunted from.

Simon Giles, 44, pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court, Kent, today to producing the psychedelic substances psilocin and psilocybin – also known as magic mushrooms – between September 1, 2020 and May 6, 2021.

Police visited his home in the south wing of the Grade II-listed Lullingstone Castle in the village of Eynsford near Sevenoaks on an unrelated matter and discovered the class A drug during a search.

Prosecutor Bridget Todd told Friday’s plea hearing that at the time the drug was found, referred to by the judge as ‘a relatively small amount of organic material’, police also discovered fertiliser, a growing room and seal bags.

She said an expert’s report was needed ahead of sentencing to assess the quality of the psychoactive substance and clarify whether it was consistent with personal use.

Alexander Upton, defending Giles, told the judge, Recorder Edmund Burge QC, that a defence expert’s report may also be needed once they had seen the conclusion of the prosecution report.

He said: ‘These are magic mushrooms. A tiny pinprick of a mushroom might be zero grams in the morning but if one comes back in the afternoon, it might be four or five grams. Other drugs don’t multiply overnight as mushrooms do.’

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