Court finds police officer guilty

8:00am Friday 31st January 2014

By Joe Nimmo

A POLICE officer accused of stealing and selling the details of accident victims is facing jail after she was convicted of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Pc Sugra Hanif, right, of Bretch Hill, Banbury, and her lover Raza Khan were both unanimously found guilty yesterday of working together to obtain and disclose thousands of personal records.

The jury has not yet reached a decision regarding the charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office faced by Paramjeet Kaur, Khan’s wife. She denies the charge.

The crime committed by Hanif and Khan took place over eight months, starting in January 2011, when the 26-year-old police officerbegan an affair with the married garage owner after he was released from prison.

Using Thames Valley Police’s computer system, she would look up information about accident victims and pass it to her former partner and his wife, the prosecution said.

During a three-week trial at Winchester Crown Court, the jury heard how the three defendants used details taken from the force control and command system to allegedly earn at least £26,400 by referring victims to personal injury solicitors.

The prosecution said Hanif and repair garage owner Khan made around £700 per referral, and the court was told the police officer accessed drivers’ records at least 2,500 times, making contact with 644 of them.

After the verdicts were announced, Judge Andrew Barnett told the pair that the “overwhelming likelihood” was that they would be sent to prison for what they did.

He said: “You have both been convicted by the jury of an extremely serious offence.

“And although all sentencing options will be open to me, the overwhelming likelihood is that you will be made subject to a substantial prison sentence.”

Releasing both defendants on conditional bail, after ordering they hand over their passports, the judge told them they will commit a further offence if they do not return to the court to be sentenced on March 7.

He said: “I’m putting you both on trust not to do anything stupid – it will only count against you if you do.”

During the trial, Hanif claimed that her lover had bullied and threatened her into accessing the personal records – even trying to blackmail her by saying he would release sex tapes of them together if she did not agree.

Khan, 26, denied this and branded his co-accused’s story “100 per cent lies” in an interview with police.

But Peter Asteris, prosecuting, said Khan and his wife Paramjeet Kaur, 26, both of Ivy Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, even set up case management companies to sell the information to firms of solicitors.

Cross-examining Hanif, who became a police officer in 2008, the prosecutor said: “You promised to truly serve the Queen with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality.

“You said you would prevent offences against people and property and will do so according to the law. Did you do this?”

Hanif replied: “I would like to think that I have stuck to it. However, with this incident that has happened, I can’t say I have.”

Mr Asteris added: “You have failed to act in the proper conduct which was expected of you, haven’t you?”

She said: “Yes, I guess that is one way of putting it.”

The jury will continue its deliberations today.

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