Michael Rawlinson secures suspended sentence for former Detective Constable

February 2, 2018

Michael Rawlinson from Exchange Chambers acted for a former Detective Constable, in a widely reported computer misuse and harassment case heard at Bradford Crown Court.

The former Police Officer – who had resigned from West Yorkshire Police during the currency of the proceedings – was given a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to putting her ex-partner in fear of violence by harassment and unauthorised use of a police computer.

The couple embarked on an eight-week romance, but after a weekend away he ended the relationship suddenly, saying she was “too clingy”.

The court heard that former West Yorkshire Detective then began stalking her former partner when he started a new relationship. Her offending included accessing police computers to get information on the couple, and sending graphic and threatening emails.

Despite being told she was facing immediate custody, the court were told of a raft of mental health problems and were persuaded to impose a 14-month sentence suspended for two years. She was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.

Michael specialises in acting on behalf of Police officers and healthcare professionals facing professional disciplinary and misconduct cases, criminal proceedings and inquests, and is recognised in the Legal 500 & Chambers & Partners in these specialisms.

Michael was instructed by Tina Lancaster from Slater & Gordon Solicitors, Leeds.