Former Cambridgeshire detective sentenced for theft and Data Protection Act breach

The Peterborough Telegraph reports that a former Cambridgeshire police officer has been sentenced after pleading guilty to theft and computer misuse.

Matt Bailey, 50, who retired earlier this year, was given a 16-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, at Lincoln Crown Court today (September 2).

Bailey, formerly a detective constable based at Ely Police Station, admitted the theft of a mobile phone and computer misuse at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court last month.

He received 13 months for computer misuse and three months for theft, to be served consecutively. He was also ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £1,000 and compensation of £1,070.

Bailey will also be tagged on curfew for four months between 7pm and 7am.

No information was provided as to how or why he misused the computer, and I can find no coverage online that explains it. Anyone know?

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