UK: No verdict for third defendant in scheme involving misusing police database and selling information

Press Association reports:

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of the third defendant accused of taking part in a conspiracy involving a Thames Valley Police officer to steal thousands of accident victims’ details from her force computer and selling the information to solicitors’ firms.

Sugra Hanif, 27, a former constable with Thames Valley Police, and her lover Raza Khan were convicted at Winchester Crown Court of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Khan’s wife, Paramjeet Kaur, also faced the same charge but the jury has failed to reach a verdict in her case.

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Hanif, of Bretch Hill, Banbury, Oxfordshire, would access the Thames Valley Police command and control computer to note the personal details of members of the public involved in road accidents, including the unique reference number (URN) each incident was given, prosecutor Peter Asteris said.

Hanif, along with Khan, also 27, and Kaur, 26 – both of Ivy Road, Handsworth, Birmingham – set up case management companies to sell this information to firms of solicitors who would pay them a referral fee for each case that led to a successful compensation claim, Mr Asteris told the court.

Each referral fee was worth between £600 and £800 and the three of them gained a total of £26,400 from the 2,456 case details Hanif stole during the 11-month conspiracy, he said.

Read more on Littlehampton Gazette. It will be interesting to see what the judge considers “substantial time” when the two convicted defendants are sentenced in March.

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