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Former MLC not guilty of data protection breach

Written judgement will explain verdict

A former MLC has been found not guilty of breaching data protection laws.

This morning, Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes acquitted Juan Turner of Park Close in Glen Vine and two companies – Carrick Creative and Island FM – of one charge each.

A two-day trial in August heard neither company had registered under the Data Protection Act, and Mr Turner claimed neither was required to do so.

A further charge against his father, David Turner of Douglas, was dismissed at the start of the trial.

During a short hearing at Douglas Courthouse earlier, Mrs Hughes said she would hand down reasons for her decision in a written judgement.

She said she had some concerns about the way the case had been prosecuted, although she made it clear she wasn’t criticising the Island’s information commissioner, Iain McDonald, who was in court for the verdict.

Victoria Unsworth, representing Mr Turner, said the defence would apply for just over £29,000 in legal costs.

Mrs Hughes adjourned the case to a date to be fixed for legal representations to be made.

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