A HADDINGTON man has been found guilty of growing drugs at his home despite him not attending his trial.

James Smedley, of Seggarsdean Court, produced cannabis at his home and at a previous address in the town.

Smedley was also found to have supplied the drug from the two addresses on May 26, 2015.

The case against Smedley has called at Edinburgh Sheriff Court more than 40 times over the past four years.

The 46-year-old has claimed he has a sleep disorder and each time he has appeared in court he has failed to stay awake.

Various sheriffs have ordered psychiatric and medical assessments of Smedley but no condition has been identified by medics and he was deemed fit to stand trial.

Sheriff Kenneth Maciver ordered the trial to take place without Smedley in the dock and, after four days of evidence, the jury returned unanimous verdicts of guilty.

Sentence was deferred to next month.