A former Crown Prosecution Service employee’s “nosiness” has cost her job and led to a criminal conviction after she secretly looked at information about her boyfriend who was facing criminal charges.
Katie Martin, 35, of Barnes Road, Stafford, who admitted three charges under the Data Protection Act and asked for five similar ones to be taken into consideration, was conditionally discharged for 18 months and ordered to pay £150 costs by Birmingham magistrates.
Jane Wragg, prosecuting, said the divorced mother-of-two worked as an administration officer at the Stafford office of the CPS.
Matters came to light, she said, on June 7 last year when her supervisors became aware that a man, who was facing charges of wounding and public disorder, was making an application to vary his bail conditions so he could live at Martin’s address.
However when warned not to access any information about the case she admitted she had already done so.
When arrested, Martin admitted the man was her boyfriend and said she had accessed the file out of “nosiness” to see if the application had been granted.
Further inquiries revealed that between April and June, Martin had on 20 occasions and eight separate dates looked up files about her boyfriend’s case.
Miss Wragg said Martin had since resigned from the CPS.
Neill Fawcett, defending, said Martin, who worked for the CPS for 14 years, had been off work because of anxiety and depression over her marital break-up and on her return had told her line manager about the new relationship.
Mr Fawcett said her boyfriend had always admitted the wounding charge and what Martin had done had had no effect on the criminal justice system.