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abuse of data that led to death

Posted in database state, law and order by ukliberty on February 5, 2008

The BBC:

A row over a supermarket car parking space led to the death of a pensioner, a court has heard.

Three people appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday and denied the manslaughter of Bernard Gilbert, 79.

He collapsed and died after a brick was thrown through the window of his home in Spondon, Derby, on 28 January 2007.

Zoe Forbes, 26, her husband Mark, 40, both of Ripley, and his brother Steven, 22, from South Normanton, admitted conspiracy to damage property.

Michael Auty, prosecuting, alleged the brick attack was not random vandalism but a planned attack linked to a row over a parking space in Asda four days earlier.

Bernard Gilbert
Bernard Gilbert died in hospital after the brick attack on his home

Mr Auty said Mr Gilbert had been verbally abusive to Mrs Forbes over the incident, and Mark Forbes became incensed and began plotting a revenge attack.

He traced Mr Gilbert’s address through a then-serving police officer, the jury heard.

“A police officer misusing a police computer gives a friend of Mark Forbes most of the address.

“And that friend passes on the information to Mark Forbes,” Mr Auty said.  …

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