Naomi Jayne Buckland, 22, acted out of ‘misguided loyalty’ to her brother Nathan, a court heard.
He was in custody accused of killing a man outside a pub in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, in September 2018.And she was....a police recruit. With access to the force's computer system. You can see where this is going, can't you?
Sam Faulks, prosecuting, told Durham Crown Court she was asked to check if an inmate in the jail where her brother, then 25, was held in custody was an undercover police officer.
In a phone call to her brother, which was recorded, she said the inmate was not an officer.
Hopefully the 'recorded' bit means Professional Standards could see where it was going too...
Mark Styles, defending, said: ‘If there was a case of misguided loyalty to a family member, this was it. As a result she lost her job and good name.’
Yes, those are called consequences. Luckily for her, she possesses the magic Get Out Of Jail Free card her brother lacked:
Buckland, of Newton Aycliffe, admitted unauthorised computer access and was sentenced to 16 months in jail, suspended for two years.
Well, what can she do now, as an untrustworthy almost-jailbird? Who'd employ her?
Mr Styles said Buckland is now planning to re-train as a mental health nurse.