The Attorney General’s Chambers has defended itself against criticism from a Maughold parish commissioner, after a man found to be growing cannabis in an unused Dhoon quarry was cautioned and released.
As the Manx Independent exclusively revealed last week, commissioner Mark Cowley, a former police detective inspector, discovered the plants and called the police, which led to the arrest of a man, who was subsequently cautioned on advice from the Attorney General’s representative.
Mr Cowley has since complained to the chambers, on the basis that in his experience in the police force the size and nature of the cultivation warranted a charge of possession with intent to supply.
When contacted by iomtoday, the Attorney General’s Chambers replied: ‘As with all matters brought to the attention of the Attorney General’s Chambers, the advice in this particular case was provided after careful consideration of all the facts that were presented at the time by the Isle of Man Constabulary.
‘Correspondence has been received from a member of the public and a response will be issued in due course.’
The AG’s Chambers decides whether to prosecute.