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PSNI officer 'never guilty' of police data charges

By Eamonn MacDermott

A serving policewoman who was cleared of charges relating to the abuse of the police computer system has said that she should never have been prosecuted.

Grainne Mullan (42), whose address was given as Strand Road in Londonderry, was tried on charges of unlawfully obtaining data from the police system.

The jury found her not guilty of the bulk of the charges but could not agree on a verdict on three of them.

At yesterday's sitting of Londonderry Crown Court, a jury was sworn in only for a prosecuting barrister to tell the court no evidence was being offered.

Judge Philip Babington directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty and Mullan was free to go.

Afterwards in a statement issued through her solicitor, Ciaran Shiels of Madden and Finucane Solicitors, Ms Mullan said she had now been "vindicated".

The statement said she was "delighted that this nightmare which started over four years ago is now at an end".

The officer with 14 years' experience claimed in her statement it was "regrettable the ordeal which commenced with her being harassed by a male PSNI officer resulted in the victim of abuse being prosecuted for offences she was never guilty of".

The statement added that the "police perpetrator of the harassment" had never faced a court.

It went on to say that Ms Mullan had to obtain a non-molestation order from the courts against the officer and added that the "PSNI as an organisation offered her little or no assistance."

It concluded: "This was a prosecution that the Public Prosecution Service should simply never have brought. Despite her ordeal Ms Mullan is looking forward to resuming her police duties as soon as possible."

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