||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 204 (Mar)
|| EWCA Crim 3525
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Judge LJ, Rafferty and Dobbs JJ
||Rebecca Trowler (instructed by Birds Solicitors) for the offender.
||Mark Heywood (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the Attorney General.
||16 December 2004
Sentencing - Misconduct in public office - Unlawful disclosure of information - Custodial sentence - Duration of sentence not unduly lenient - , s 55(3).
A sentence of five months' imprisonment was not manifestly excessive where the offender had pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office (by way of conduct contrary to s55(3) of the ), committed in circumstances where, in his employment for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, he had obtained the details of certain individuals connected to animal breeding facilities and disclosed them to animal rights activists, who had harassed and intimidated the relevant individuals using vandalism, verbal abuse by a groups of people wearing dark clothing and balaclavas, malicious phone calls and hate mail.
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