Stephen Smith was the police officer in question.
A former Derbyshire police officer has been fined £1,200 after pleading guilty to passing on confidential information.
Stephen Smith, 48, appeared before magistrates in Derby yesterday charged with disclosing personal data contrary to the Data Protection Act 1998.
Smith, a former police constable, was charged following an inquiry into the death of Spondon pensioner Bernard Gilbert.
Derbyshire Constabulary confirmed that Smith had resigned from the force prior to the hearing.
Hmmmm, resigned, you say? At the age of 48? Might one enquire as to whether he has been able to keep his pension? One must assume so.
Still, I am glad that he has been convicted. Still, that doesn't seem to have stopped his lawyer telling porkie pies.
Marcell Simons, representing Smith, said her client, who worked in the force's A Division covering Amber Valley and Erewash, had been a police officer for 24 years.
She said: "He has always worked to protect the public. The situation he has now found himself in he very much regrets and is very sorry. He expresses his sympathy to the family concerned.
"He has never in his whole career given out information he should not have."
Well, that's not entirely true, is it? In fact, he has just been convicted of doing precisely that.
And just imagine how much more wonderful it's going to get if the government actually manages to collate all of our details on one big, fuck-off database accessed by thousands of state employees...
As Harry Haddock so succinctly puts it...
Take a cup of powers for the police to erect mobile electronic checkpoints. Combine with a sprinkling of compulsory ID cards, and a corrupt police officer. Bake for a few months, and you can serve your population the perfect basis for a police state, that is able to control your every movement completely.
Mmmmm, I love the smell of totalitarianism in the morning...