A JUDGE has criticised police for acting out "spite" by leaving a cancer sufferer's bath full of earth.
Cancer sufferer Wyndham Martin's home was searched by officers who found 25 cannabis plants.
When officers arrived they found lamps, plant food and timers in different rooms at his home at Heol Eithrim in Clydach. He was growing the plants to use with a vapouriser to assist with his condition.
James Hartson, for Martin, said the drugs eased the pain of his stoma valve which often became infected.
But Mr Martin said when officers left, taking the evidence with them, they filled his bath with earth from the plants.
Judge Peter Heywood asked Mr Hartson: "What's the purpose of that?"
Mr Hartson, himself a former policeman, replied: "Having spent 20 years in Her Majesty's cloth, I cannot think of a reason."
The judge then said: "There seems a degree of spite there. It's not the way police officers should behave."
The judge asked prosecutor John Lloyd to look into the claims, saying the officers' supervising officer should be contacted.
"Perhaps some appropriate reprimand or disciplinary proceedings could be issued," he said.
The judge said he would not jail Martin because he was obviously a sick man, and suspended the 12 week sentence for 12 months.
Martin had admitted producing cannabis but was not supplying the drugs to others.
A police spokesman said: "Officers executed a warrant and discovered cannabis plants and growing equipment which was seized as evidence. We note the comments of the judge and the matter will be looked into."