A POLICE officer passed on crash victims’ details because of threats from her lover who ran a repair garage, a court has heard.
Pc Sugra Hanif, from Banbury, is accused of using the Thames Valley Police computer system to contact those involved in car accidents and pressure them into making personal injury claims.
But she told Winchester Crown Court yesterday that she felt compelled to search for the details because of serious threats from her co-accused Raza Khan.
Taking the witness stand on the first day of her defence, the 26-year-old said she and Khan, 27, had rekindled their relationship two weeks after he was released from prison in 2011.
Hanif, who became a qualified police officer in 2008, said Khan told her he was starting up a business, adding: “He didn’t go into detail about the business at first, but later said it was an accident claims company.
“I supported him because he was trying to turn his life around.”
Yet she added: “He asked me if I could gain access to data on the police computer, or if I attended road traffic accidents. I said of course I did and that it was part and parcel of my job.” But she said: “He started saying ‘get me the information’ and the threats began to build up.”
The trial heard Hanif viewed 2,500 individual Unique Reference Numbers (URNs) on police computers.
Hanif, Khan and his wife, Paramjeet Kaur, allegedly pocketed £600-a-time for referring accident victims to legal firms.
But Hanif told the court yesterday that she feared Khan would tell her family she had had an abortion if she did not get the details, adding: “It was the fear of him telling my family about my past – he had a hold over me.”
She added: “He said that he knew people that would hurt my family. He also said he had got away with murder before.
“He said he and people he knew would hurt my dad and get my mum raped.
“He said he would leave me on the motorway stripped naked and that he knew people who do that, he has the contacts.”
Hanif, of Bretch Hill, Banbury, denies obtaining personal data from TVP control and command system and a charge of disclosing the personal data. Khan, from Birmingham, denies obtaining personal data from TVP control and command system.
Kaur, 26, also from Birmingham, Khan and Hanif all deny conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.
The trial continues.