Isle of Man News - POSTED Mon 24-02-2014

Attorney General cleared

by Joanne Clague

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Stephen Harding will not face another re-trial. The Island's Attorney General was today formally cleared of charges of perjury and committing acts against public justice.

It follows a trial in which the jury was discharged after failing to reach a verdict, and a re-trial with the same result. Throughout, Mr Harding had denied the charges, which related to the winding up of Street Heritage.

The police have issued a statement following today's hearing at Douglas courthouse.

Detective Chief Inspector Sid Caine, who led the inquiry, stated: 'I should imagine this must be a most unsatisfactory outcome from the perspective of both the complainants and the defendant alike but thankfully the heavy burden as to the question of innocence or guilt is not a matter for the Constabulary.

'The members of my Enquiry Team were tasked with conducting a thorough and impartial investigation in seeking to collate the facts of this challenging case and that is exactly what they did. I am immensely proud of their professionalism, dedication and decorum.'

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