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Thames Valley PC Sugra Hanif case: Jury retires to consider verdict

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Image caption PC Sugra Hanif was having an affair with a co-accused, the court heard

The jury has retired in the trial of a former police officer accused of stealing accident victims' details and selling them with her lover.

Ex-PC Sugra Hanif, 27, is charged with obtaining and disclosing personal data and conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Raza Khan and Parmajeet Kaur face the conspiracy charges, and Mr Khan the charge of obtaining personal data.

All three have denied the charges at Winchester Crown Court.

The court was told the alleged conspiracy began in January 2011 when Ms Hanif, of Bretch Hill, Banbury, was having an affair with Mr Khan.

'No integrity'

Peter Asteris, prosecuting, said she would access the police command and control computer to note down the personal details of members of the public involved in road traffic accidents, including a unique reference number each incident was given.

Mr Khan, 27, and Ms Kaur, 26, both of Ivy Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, then set up case management companies to sell the information to firms of solicitors.

It is alleged they would receive a referral fee for each case that led to a successful compensation claim.

Mr Asteris said each referral fee was worth between £600 and £800, and they gained a total of £26,400 from the 2,456 case details Ms Hanif stole during the 11-month conspiracy.

"The Crown's case against her is that she doesn't have integrity, she didn't fulfil her duties to us, the public, in the way she ought, and she abused her position and she abused it with the assistance of the other two defendants in the dock," said Mr Asteris.

In her defence, Ms Hanif claims she was forced by Mr Khan to steal the data, while Mr Khan and Mrs Kaur claim they did not know the data was illegally obtained.

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