Belfast city centre police officer faces 38 charges
A veteran PSNI officer has been charged with using police computers to illegally obtain information on 12 people.
Belfast city centre beat cop Alan Marchini, who is suspended from duty but whose address is still care of Musgrave PSNI station, will appear in the dock of Laganside Crown Court on Friday.
He will enter a plea in relation to 38 alleged offences including 30 counts of obtaining personal data without authorisation.
Marchini is further accused of six counts of attempting to unlawfully obtain personal data, and two counts of misconduct in public office.
Prosecutors allege that the information he is accused of illegally obtaining relate to 12 individuals and two cars.
The data was held on the PSNI's Integrated Crime Information System and its Command and Control IT system.
Prior to being charged, Marchini, who has been a police officer for more than 20 years, had been tipped for a top job in the PSNI.
He featured in a number of high-profile anti-crime campaigns and was pictured with former Security Minister Paul Goggins.
In a 2005 interview ,Marchini talked about how he battled crime in Belfast city centre from his base at Musgrave Street PSNI station.
He said: “We liaise with businesses on issues like anti-social behaviour, youths causing annoyance, chronic alcoholics, rough sleepers.
“Basically we address the fear of crime. These people (business owners) have paid for our time.
“They phone us directly on our mobile phones. We meet with our civilian partners to oversee the day-to-day running of the scheme.
“One of the first areas we looked at was Bank Square.
“There was a lot of anti-social behaviour and crime there and massive parking problems.
“We got together with our partners and the DSD and funded the regeneration of the square and it has been a big success.”