Carol Rita Howard, 41, worked on a short-term contract as an investigator for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which she later took to an employment tribunal.
She sent 101 emails from her work account to her personal account which included sensitive information from various investigations while employed by the police watchdog organisation, Croydon Crown Court heard.
But Howard has today been cleared of leaking the confidential data after insisting that this was to assist her ‘whistleblower’ case against the IPCC.
Hmmm. How did that go, again?
She lost the £144,000 case after her claims were ruled to be groundless when the tribunal heard she frequently complained of victimisation whenever she was unhappy at work.
No! I’m shocked, shocked that that might be the case…
‘On her first day at work at the IPCC the defendant signed a security procedure form, agreeing not to disclose information.’
How on earth did the jury then clear her of all charges?
The jury took around thirty minutes to unanimously acquit her of one count of unlawfully obtaining personal information including victims, witnesses and service users.
They also found her not guilty of a second count of unlawfully disclosing the same personal information to her solicitor.
The mind boggles…