North West Wales

Matthew Higgins: Guilty of hacking at Eirias High School

Matthew Higgins

A sixth form pupil accused of hacking into his school computer system and attempting to do it again two months later has been found guilty.

Matthew Higgins, now 20 and at university, always denied securing unauthorised access to computer data at Eirias High School, Colwyn Bay.

A jury at Caernarfon Crown Court had heard he was a "clever young man" caught red-handed.

The judge said she would consider all options in sentencing Higgins.

Higgins was remanded on bail until sentencing at Mold Crown Court on 30 November and refused to comment as he left the court.

The trial was told Higgins, the son of a police inspector, got access to a girl's file and then sent a fake email to Clwyd West assembly member Darren Millar.

He claimed in the email to be a constituent suggesting there was an insecure internet system at the school.

Higgins, now a studying biology at Southampton University, also complained to police that his own computer had been hacked and that he had been "set up".

The prosecution said Higgins "played a game of bluff and smoke screens" and tried to portray himself as a victim.

Recorder Catherine Brown warned him: "You have been convicted of two serious offences.

"However, I am satisfied given your age, lack of previous convictions and what I have seen and heard about you, before passing sentence I should know more about you and have a report from a probation officer."

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