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Mon Oct 14, 2019, 09:43 AM

(Australia) Police officer admits handing over abuse victim's details to her ex

Source: BBC

Police officer admits handing over abuse victim's details to her ex

14 October 2019

An Australian police officer who "laughed" as he handed over the details of a domestic violence victim to her abusive partner has avoided jail.

Neil Punchard accessed the police database to give the woman's address to her ex-partner, a childhood friend of the senior constable, five years ago.

He then sent a text message saying: "Just tell her you know where she lives and leave it at that. Lol."

On Monday, he pleaded guilty to nine counts of computer hacking.

A judge at the magistrates court in Brisbane sentenced him to two months in prison, suspended.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50040819


Neil Punchard, pictured at Brisbane Magistrates Court, used the police database to find details (AAP)

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