Northern Ireland

Policeman to face computer snooping charges

Laganside courts sign

A veteran Belfast police officer is to go on trial in the New Year for allegedly using police computers to snoop on people.

Constable Alan Marchini, based in Musgrave Street but now suspended, pleaded not guilty to 38 charges.

The offences were allegedly committed over a three-year period between February 2006 and June last year.

The charges include 30 counts of obtaining unauthorised personal data including information on 12 people.

He also denies attempting to obtain data and two charges of misconduct relating to the PSNI's Integrated Crime Information and the Command and Control computer systems.

Mr Marchini, a veteran with over 20 years service with the police force, was released on continuing bail.