Counter terrorist cop from Carshlaton used police computers to snoop on ex-husband, court hears
A counter terrorism officer used her position to access police databases and snoop on her ex-husband, a court heard.
Police Constable Annaleisa Gordon, of Stanley Park Road, Carshalton, is accused of repeatedly using police databases to search for her ex-husband, Christopher McNair.
She is also alleged to have trawled for details of criminals and suspects living in her street and near her mum's house in Woodcote Road, Wallington,
Southwark Crown Court heard this morning how she was working as a counter terrorism officer for the Metropolitan Police with a focus on Greenwich.
Gordon is accused of accessing the databases between March 2010 and November 2011.
Peter Radcliffe, prosecuting, told the court her role in the police gave her access to databases that are only supposed to be used for relevant police work.
He said: "In short, a range of information was viewed including the details of people who had been arrested, people who had been released from prison.
"In one report it details an individual whose brother had concerns about his mental health - that is a good example of sensitive data that should remain private unless it's needed for genuine policing purposes."
He told the court she searched for Mr McNair but only managed to find information from when he was a police officer, a missing person report that she filed herself when they were together, and a report about a different man of the same name.
The court heard Ms Gordon had access to all but the most covert of police files and ignored notifications warning her the information was only to be used for serious policing purposes.
Information contained in some of the files she looked at included a Stanley Park Road resident's criminal record, his known associates and even the Facebook pages of his children, the court was also told.
Sergeant Chris Hawkes, who oversaw Ms Gordon's work, told the court it was not unusual for counter terrorism officers to "trawl" databases for information but was unaware of any cases that linked Greenwich, where Gordon was focused, and Sutton.
The case continues.
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